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Sign up to receive this monthly newsletterNuestra Iniciativa HeaderMay 2014only 15 percent of Hispanics held a bachelor’s degree or higher

The Initiative announced the release of the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success (Guide).  The Guide consolidates and outlines, in a culturally relevant way, information and resources made available to better support Hispanic students in their efforts to enroll and afford a postsecondary education. The Guide includes recommendations on how to prepare a college application and complete the Federal Aid Form for Student Aid, helpful tips on how to choose the right college, and types of financing options, including resources for students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and non-U.S. citizen students.  

Access the Guide on the Initiative’s web page in both English and Spanish


Visit the Initiative on the Web

New ED Website for New Arrivals & DACA Students

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ED has developed a new web page for students who are new to the United States or who have been granted DACA. Designed to help the immigrant community navigate the US educational system, the web page can be accessed here

Teaching English Learners

English Learner Guide

We have better, stronger evidence about teaching academic content to English learners than we did a decade ago. That’s the conclusion of a new guide for educators from the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. The guide recommends four practices for instructing English learners and provides advice on how to carry out the practices, including sample lessons. 

Webinar on Summer Melt

Nationally about  10 to 20 percent of college  eligible  students melt away each summer.

Summer melt” is the phenomenon of college-enrolled high school graduates not showing up to school the following fall - they "melt away" during the summer. What can we do to stop this from happening, and increase the number of Hispanic college eligible students who access and complete higher education? Join us for our Webinar on May 21, 2014.

Are We In YOUR City?

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In the next few months we will be in Durham, NC; Miami, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; New York, NY; Emeryville, CA; and San Antonio, TX. Learn more about where and what we are doing. 

Hispanics & Early Learning

Chart - Preschool Participation by Ethnicity

The benefits of preschool are particularly powerful among children from low-income families who, on average, start kindergarten 12 to 14 months behind their peers in pre-reading and language skills. Achievement test scores suggest that the average Latino child is about two grades behind the average white child by age 9. Access the Initiative's Fact Sheet on Hispanics and Early Learning.  

Educator Tool to Support Dreamers

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Access DACA: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff created for educators and providers who teach, mentor and help our American undocumented youth (Dreamers) and its partners, developed by the American Federation of Teachers and its partners.