ERIC Number: ED499785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
ENLACE Connection: What Makes a Difference in the Education of Latino U.S. Students--Learning from the Experience of 13 ENLACE Partnerships
Springer, Tom; Callam, Karen Girolami
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
In 1997, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation created a national education initiative, ENLACE (pronounced en-LAH-say), ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education. Its goal is to increase access and success in higher education for Latino students and their families. The ENLACE approach described in this document starts with partnerships as the vehicle for change: partnerships of education institutions with Latino students, parents, educators, and community leaders. Many of the strategies--implemented by new and existing educational partnerships formed in the 13 communities--were traditional: mentoring and tutoring programs, small learning communities, and parent outreach programs. However, what proved critical for ENLACE was moving beyond a discrete set of programs into an educational movement for change in those communities. Schools that had never worked with their community's university began reviewing shared graduation and admissions requirements. Community colleges connected with high schools to recruit Latino students and assist them on their path to a bachelor's degree. And Latino parents, many without strong English language skills or educational achievement themselves, took hold of an opportunity to shine, as advocates for their own children, and leaders for their community's children. The educational partnerships that guide ENLACE are rooted in two key places: (1) the institutions in the local P-20 educational pathway; and (2) the local community of parents, students, educators, and community leaders. The strategies chosen by the partnerships can be divided into three core elements: (1) strategies that directly serve students; (2) strategies that engage parents and the larger community; and (3) strategies that change the state and institutional policies that govern how students experience education. By paying attention to all three areas (direct student programs; parent and community engagement strategies; changing policies), ENLACE partnerships avoided the classic quick fix of creating expensive programs to boost student achievement without considering parental and community involvement in schools, nor altering the institutions that provide these programs. Investing in these multi-pronged strategies created the student-level and systems-level impacts of ENLACE.
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Academic Achievement, College Admission, Hispanic American Students, Access to Education, Partnerships in Education, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Mentors, Tutoring, Parent Education, Outreach Programs, Educational Change, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Student Recruitment, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.