En Colaboraccion: A Call for United Action. Closing the Latino Achievement Gap.


The Fourth Annual Closing the Latino Achievement Gap Summit

Friday, September 14, 2012 at Chapman University

En Colaboracción:
A Call for United Action

A day of inspiration, collaboration, and action.

What would it take to close the Latino achievement gap?

That's the question that a powerful, passionate group of teachers, administrators, authors, politicians and entrepreneurs and students asked at an invigorating all-day summit at Chapman University on Friday, September 14, aptly called the Closing the Latino Achievement Gap Summit, or CLAGS. This was the 4th annual CLAGS Summits, which was started at Cal State University, Fullerton. We invite you to read more about the CLAGS Summit and see videos of the keynote speakers.

The Problem Facing Us All

Closing the Latino achievement gap requires a community of invested and informed stakeholders, yet few venues exist for open local discussions as to how we can act together to nurture the ambitions and aspirations of our Latino students, regardless of fiscal challenges.

Our Purpose

The purpose of this summit was to provide an opportunity to discuss the many ways in which Orange County schools, leaders, teachers, parents, and community partners can act together to close the achievement and opportunity gap for Latino students.  It was a successful "call for united action" to create possibilities for Latinos to learn and thrive within our schools.

Our Commitment

Understanding those factors that create the achievement gap among Latinos and propose actions among stakeholders to address that gap.

1.    Build on previous summits to provide continuity in our community efforts.
2.    Promote successful practices and programs that address the achievement gap.
3.    Highlight the potential for partnerships within the community to support achievement among Latino students.
4.    Promote inter-level and inter-agency communications and collaboration in closing the achievement gap.
5.    Provide a forum for discussions regarding united actions
6.    Move beyond the core and standardized testing to promote 21st century skills and learning.
7.    Provide resolutions for partnerships and action among community members.

+ - Honorary Chairs

Mr. Edward James Olmos, outstanding actor and avid education advocate, and the Honorable Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, dedicated public servant and great supporter of public education, served as Honorary Chairs for this year’s Closing the Latino Achievement Gap Summit.

Edward James OlmosEdward James Olmos

Throughout his professional career, Olmos has looked for projects he found meaningful and has often times been known to pass up roles he thought played on Latino stereotypes. In 1988, Olmos starred in the inspirational film Stand and Deliver, which follows the real-life story of teacher Jamie Escalante. Escalante taught math at a troubled Los Angeles high school and helped students once thought as "un-teachable" to thrive. Olmos received an Academy Award nomination for his work. He directed, produced, and starred in American Me (1992), a film that looked at gangs and prison life. Olmos also directed Walkout (2006), the cable television film based on the East Los Angeles student protests of 1968.  Besides his work in film and television, Olmos spends much of his time as an activist. He has supported numerous causes and has been an advocate for Latino culture, organizing film festivals and other special projects and events.


Congresswoman Loretta SanchezCongresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez represents the California's 47th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Fullerton in Orange County. She began her congressional career in January 1997 and is currently serving her eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Sanchez is a member of the Task Force on Oversight and Regulatory Review and she is also a member of the New Democratic Coalition's Task Forces on Innovation, Competitiveness and Tax Reform and Education.  She is a recognized leader on military issues and national security issues, and the third highest ranking Democrat and the most senior female member on the Armed Services Committee. Rep. Sanchez is the second ranked and most senior female member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. When Congresswoman Sanchez is at home in Orange County, some of the most important work she does is on behalf of our local schools. Since taking office, she has made multiple visits to each and every public school in the 47th Congressional District and has learned firsthand what Orange County's schools really need-more teachers, classrooms, and resources. Congresswoman Sanchez has worked to address these needs by providing students in her district with financial aid workshops, supporting vital after-school programs, developing strong relationships with school administrators, and helping local and state school officials navigate the federal government's education programs. A product of public schools and Head Start, Sanchez is a graduate of Chapman University and American University's MBA

+ - Keynote and Speakers

Keynote Morning Speaker: Dr. Alma Flor Ada

Dr. Alma Flor AdaProfessor Emerita at the University of San Francisco

A visionary and a leader dedicated to advocacy for language minority students, their families and teachers, Dr. Alma Flor Ada is the author of over 200 children's books as well as educational books and adult novels. Her books have received multiple awards as well as international recognition. As a professor at the University of San Francisco, she mentored numerous educators who now continue her vision of education for social justice, equality and peace.

Keynote Lunch Speaker: Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo ArellanoGustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! column has a circulation of more than two million in thirty-eight markets (and counting). He has received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition and a 2008 Latino Spirit Award from the California State legislature. Arellano has appeared on the Today show, Nightline, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Colbert Report. He is currently the editor of Orange Weekly and has authored two books, Orange County: A Personal History, and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.

Closing the Summit Speaker: Mildred García, Ed.D., President, CSU Fullerton

Dr. Mildred GarciaDr. Mildred García was appointed as the seventh president of California State University, Fullerton in June 2012. Previously, García served as president of CSU Dominguez Hills beginning in 2007, where she was the eleventh female president—and first Latina president—in the California State University system. García’s research in higher education has concentrated on the impacts equity, diversity and outreach have on policy and practice.  García currently serves on President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, on the boards of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; on the advisory boards of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education and Higher Education Abstracts.

+ - Program Highlights

7:30 am    Continental Breakfast
8:00 am    Welcome
8:30 am    Keynote Speaker Dr. Alma Flor Ada, Professor Emerita, University of San Francisco
9:15 am    Community Partner Panel, It Takes a Community:  Bridging the Gap Together
10:15 am   Breakout Session
11:30 am   Lunchtime Keynote Speaker Gustavo Arellano, Author of OC:  A Personal History, Ask a Mexican, and Taco USA
12:15 pm   Lunch
1:15 pm     Breakout Session #2
2:30 pm     Closing the Summit Speaker Mildred García, Ed.D. President, California State University, Fullerton
3:15 pm     Reception

+ - Contact Us

Summit Co-Chairs

Dr. Gerri McNenny, mcnenny@chapman.edu

Dr. Anaida Colon-Muñiz, acolon@chapman.edu

Ruebén Martinez, rmartinez@chapman.edu

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