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Common Core and the Productive Struggle: Paving the Way for Latino Students April 4, 2013

Posted by latinoschoolleaders in Common Standards, Principal Effectiveness.
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By Ingrid Anderson, Instructional Leadership Coach-PUC Schools, Los Angeles, CA

According to the 2010 census, the Latino population had a 37 percent increase since 2000, boasting the largest growth of any ethnic group. In support of social justice in our country, Latino students deserve equal access to the college and career of their choice. However, only 56 percent of Latino students graduate from high school on time compared to 77% of their White peers. By uniting together in an effort to tackle this challenge, states are adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a way to set the bar high for all. The CCSS is an exciting opportunity for all Latino students to be held to high expectations and have access to the educational resources and support they deserve. Across the nation, school districts and charter management organizations are analyzing how the adoption of CCSS will demand significant shifts in the way teachers think about, design and deliver instruction to students. At Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) in Los Angeles, they are working together to embrace this transition.

In the awareness phase of the Common Core transition, PUC Schools have engaged in a few key actions on the road to full implementation in 2014-2015.  (more…)


Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness: The Eagle Warrior Way April 2, 2013

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Marisol Rerucha, Director, MAAC Community Charter School

As educators it is essential that we recognize and respect each student’s culture and their linguistic strengths while at the same time exposing them to the importance and beauty of all cultures. MAAC Community Charter School (MCCS) was created by MAAC, a private non-profit agency, with the intention of providing 9-12th grade students an extended opportunity to earn their high school diploma. The school is seven miles from the US/Mexico international border and seven miles from downtown San Diego.

Our school mascot is the Eagle Warrior. Eagles in North America represent power, beauty, intelligence, patience and discipline. A Warrior is someone who doesn’t think of themselves first, but of others, and is committed to the empowerment of their people. In the Aztec culture, an Eagle Warrior doesn’t just represent the elite class. Rather, it can represent be anyone from any class who has shown special ability.