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What Makes a Difference in the Education of Latino U.S. Students: Learning from the Experience of 13 ENLACE Partnerships

Published: May 2007

Publisher(s): W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Funder(s): W.K. Kellogg Foundation

View Report (58 pages; 2.69MB; PDF)

Area of focus: Strengthen Preparation for College and Careers


This report describes the W.K. Kellogg Foundationís Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE) initiative to increase access to and achievement in higher education for Latino/a students. The program implementation varied among the 13 sites but focused overall on serving students (by raising standards and offering tutoring/mentoring in middle and high school), encouraging family/community engagement in education (by teaching them about what attending college entails for their children), and changing school policy (by creating educational partnerships and realigning curriculum). The report outlines the necessary steps to encourage college-track academics in schools, families, and communities.

Key Findings

+ ENLACE programs are associated with positive impacts on student achievement in select sites

+ ENLACE programs encouraged new school policies to incorporate college-track courses

+ ENLACE created partnerships between local school systems and institutions of higher education

Geographic Focus: Tempe, AZ; Santa Ana, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Miami, FL; Tampa, FL; Chicago, IL; Las Cruces, NM; Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque, NM; Bronx, NY; Austin, TX; San Marcos, TX; Brownsville, TX

Subjects/Keywords: Minorities, Hispanics/Latinos; college-ready standards; community; family

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