As schools have shifted online, Latino students have faced unique challenges. Before the pandemic, they were already facing achievement gaps with their peers. Now, the switch to distance learning has exacerbated these gaps, and they are in danger of falling behind their classmates, due to a lack of access and understanding around distance learning and the needs that Latino children and English learners have in the classroom compared to other students.
Speakers during the town hall will examine the impact that distance learning has had on Latino students, how to address barriers equitably, and how we can plan to support all students when schools eventually reopen.
Welcome Remarks by Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
Moderator: Nicole Suárez, Correspondent, Noticias Telemundo
• Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
• Amanda Fernandez, CEO of Latinos for Education & Trustee of the Board with the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
• Oscar Romano, School Principal at YES Prep Gulfton in Houston, TX