A recent report by the Education Commission for the States examines, “the positive relationship between service-learning and Hispanic students’ education, success and aspirations.”
The report finds that:
Schools and community partners reported that service-learning is a very successful pedagogy for Hispanic students. Many of the schools credited improved scores and graduation rates to service-learning. The data also indicate that before implementing service-learning curriculum and projects, administrators and teachers need to create an inclusive culture and lay the groundwork for success. Whereas the identified practices will work for all students, several specific practices pertaining to culture, relevancy and community, and family engagement are designed for Hispanic success.
Broader implications for adopting the recommendations and best practices contained in this report include:
- Ensuring effective ways of engaging Hispanic students and their families
- Improving dropout rates for Hispanic students
- Placing student success as the primary goal of the school, particularly those falling behind or failing
- Supporting student success by aligning efforts, resources and strategies
- Cultivating a shared mission and vision of the school among teachers and staff
- Improving the school’s overall academic success and achievement of the school.
In closing, the collective application of the following ensure that Hispanic students achieve academically and graduate high school: creating an inclusive culture and climate; employing strategies for engaging community partners, parents and families; integrating informal opportunities for teacher collaboration and reflection; adopting multilateral leadership approaches focused on equity; and tracking student success. Since Hispanics are the largest growing population in the
Read the full report here: http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/81/01/8101.pdf