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 Latinx Summit Brings Together Education, Community Members

​Education and community leaders, students, and parents will come together Oct. 13 for the 18th annual Latinx Education Summit hosted by the San Diego County Office of Education in partnership with the Latino Coalition for Education.

The Latinx Education Summit will examine the current trends in Latinx educational achievement and review a countywide achievement profile. It will also include a look at how parents, K-12 teachers, higher education advocates, and students can work to increase achievement and enhance educational opportunities for Latinx students and low-income youth.

"Performance data consistently shows Latinx student achievement at or near the bottom on all state indicators," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "The urgency to meet the needs of San Diego County's nearly 245,000 Latinx students is clear, which is why this event and our efforts to promote equity at the County Office are so important."

Event workshops will focus on topics such as identifying academic gaps, Local Control and Accountability Plans, access to college, and the role of ethnic studies in enhancing biliteracy, cultural identity, and global social consciousness.

"The vision of the Latino Coalition for Education is to promote access for students to a rigorous curriculum and to higher education," said Dr. Alberto Ochoa, the Latino Coalition co-chair. Ochoa is also a professor emeritus in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education at San Diego State University.

"At the summit we seek to raise community leadership and social consciousness in working to provide equal educational benefits to our students, from pre-school to higher education," he explained.

The Latinx Education Summit is an important collaborative event between the Latino Coalition and the San Diego County Office of Education, said San Diego County Board of Education President Guadalupe González. "It's critical that we continue to work to understand and improve educational systems and outcomes for Latinx students," she said.

Community members are welcome to attend. Spanish interpretation services will be provided. Register by clicking this link.

The Latino Educational Summit was first initiated in 1997 under the support of the San Diego County Latino Coalition for Education. Today, the coalition includes the San Diego County Chicano Federation, UC/CSU Higher Education Concilio, the Mexican-American Business and Professional Association, the California Latino Medical Association, SDSU Dual Language Department, and the Association of Raza Educators.