Agreement Strengthens Latinos in Action Program

Consultant Agreement Strengthens Latinos in Action Program
Posted on 05/18/2021
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The School District of Palm Beach County’s Department of Multicultural Education has created a Consultant Agreement to streamline the onboarding and renewal process for District schools that offer the Latinos in Action (LIA) program.

The objective is to ensure that prices and services are consistent across all of the schools that offer LIA. This will enhance the Multicultural Department’s oversight of the program, allowing for better support of the participating schools.

“The importance and value of the agreement is to ensure that schools create a plan on how LIA will be applied on their campus to make an impact on their students' progress and how the progress will be measured,” said Katty Chois, the District’s Multicultural Education Manager. “The other important piece of this agreement is to be able to offer support and provide schools the opportunity to collaborate on ideas on how to best utilize the program.”

LIA helps bridge the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students, by working from within the educational system to create positive change. The program is a year-long elective course taught by highly-qualified teachers at the middle and high school levels.

The program is currently available at 12 District schools. A key aspect of the program is the tutoring services provided to elementary school English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students.

“Providing opportunities for students to tutor other students can help foster a deep understanding of the subject matter, and develop social skills,” said Patricia Trejo, the Administrative Hispanic/Latino Studies Program Planner in the District. “When we have students invest in other students, we are not only empowering them, but we are also teaching them to be empathetic and caring.”

Schools in their first year of offering LIA are asked to share their program goals and the planned student outcomes. The agreement provides those schools with a template to plan out their needs in order to effectively implement the program, needs such as professional development, materials, and budgeting.

“The agreement ensures that the schools identify how LIA will align with the District’s goals, Strategic Plan outcomes, as well as the School Improvement Plan for the individual campus,” Chois said. “LIA is very important for our Latino ESOL students because they have the opportunity to find their identity within their culture and be part of their community while also being role models.”

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