From Preescolar to Postsecundaria: Covering Latino Education

8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast

The Cube, 1st Floor, Hotel Lumen

8:45-9 a.m. Welcome

Photon Room, 2nd Floor

9-10 a.m. Portrait of the Student Population

Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project will provide reporters with the numbers: enrollment trends, surveys, and other key information about Hispanic student demographics that reporters should know.

Photon Room, 2nd Floor

10:15-11:15 a.m. What the Research Says

Photon Room, 2nd Floor

Researchers give reporters a synopsis of what research says on key topics in preschool, K-12 and higher education, and arm with them probing questions to ask:

  • Preschool: Building on Strengths – Studies show that many Latino children bring strong social and emotional skills to school, even if they’re behind in language development. How can schools tap into families’ strengths?
    • Lina Guzman, Child Trends Hispanic Institute
    • Takeaways and Story Ideas by Alejandra Lagos, Univision
  • K-12: Assessing English-Language Learners –Measuring the progress of students still learning English is rife with complexity. Challenges include defining “English-language learner” and how long the label should apply.
    • Robert Linquanti, WestEd
    • Takeaways and Story Ideas by Maria Fernanda Lopez, Univison
  • Higher Ed: Latinos Navigating College Finance – Latinos differ from other demographic groups in the types, sources and amounts of financial aid they apply for and receive. What are the patterns and their implications for institutions, students and families?
    • Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education
    • Takeaways and Story Ideas by Francisco Vara-Orta, San Antonio Express-News

11:20 a.m.-Noon Researcher Roundtable

The Cube, 1st Floor

How can reporters cover these and other topics about Latino education? Researchers meet with reporters in break-out sessions to talk more about the research on these topics.

Noon-1 p.m. LUNCH

The Cube, 1st Floor

1- 2:15 p.m. Covering the Education Beat

Photon Room, 2nd Floor
  • Hernando Amaya, MundoFox Las Vegas
  • Stella Chávez, KERA
  • Maria Fernanda Lopez, Univision
  • Moderator: Lucia Burga, Univision

2:30-3:30 p.m. Covering the Impact of Immigration on Education

Photon Room, 2nd Floor
  • Ana Lourdes Cárdenas, New Mexico State University
  • Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News
  • Moderator: Stella Chávez, KERA

3:45-4:45 p.m. Data Tips for Education Coverage

Photon Room, 2nd Floor
  • Mc Nelly Torres, WTVJ-NBC6 South Florida

4:45-5 p.m. Takeaways – What Have You Learned?

Photon Room, 2nd Floor

6 p.m. Reception (optional)

Fireplace Patio, 1st Floor