According to statistics published by Pew Research and the U.S. Census Bureau, Latino students make up 80% of all English Language Learners in the U.S. public school system and are the most likely demographic to drop out of high school before graduating. Research also shows that student engagement is key to student achievement. At Tuscarora High School, a suburban public school outside of Washington, D. C., Latino students make up 23% of the overall school population, but are disproportionately represented in rates of discipline referrals (57%), poor academic performance (48% of students with Ds and Fs) and absences (38% of students with 5 or more absences). Tuscarora High School librarians have developed a multi-pronged approach to address the needs of these at-risk students, including collaborating with teachers through a shared reading experience, expanding library resources with a subscription to an award-winning, bilingual magazine written by and for teenagers, and developing inclusive programming in coordination with both local and national youth-engagement organizations. With this approach we are attempting to close the achievement gap for our Latino students by creating a school environment where they are supported, celebrated and engaged.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Community Engagement, Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Instruction, Multicultural Services, Young Adult Literature, Young Adult Services
Type of Library: High School, School/Media Center, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.