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NEW REPORT: Providing Quality Education For All: Cultural Competency in K – 12 Education

This study investigates the cultural competency policies and practices of three Walla Walla public schools, identifies culturally competent practices, and suggests areas for improvement at each school and the district overall. The research was guided by our community partnership with the Bilingual Coordinator of the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS), Diana Erickson, and Latino Club […]

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NEW REPORT: Lost in Translation? English Language Learners in Walla Walla Public Schools

Our project examines the relationship between the experiences of English Language Learner (ELL) students and parents and the policies and practices of teachers and administrators in Walla Walla Public Schools. The main research questions we investigated were: a. How do the district’s policies for teaching English align with student, parent and teacher experiences and expectations? […]

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Re-districting Policies and Their Effect On Public Elementary School Demographics in Walla Walla, WA

My final project examines the ways in which school diversity can be impacted by certain policies which determine where each student attends school. I attempted to answer the following questions by examining a particular case in the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS), located in a town of about 30,000 in southeast Washington: (1) How have […]

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TOWARDS CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: INCREASING ACADEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND AMBITION AMONG LATINO STUDENTS

As the fastest growing minority population in Washington State, the Latino population in K-12 schools has grown by 372 percent since 1986;1 Latino students comprised 14.6% of the K- 12 population in Fall 2007, and are expected to experience a 150% growth in population by 2030.2 The ever-increasing achievement gap has drawn attention to the […]

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Towards Closing the Achievement Gap: Increasing Academic Preparedness and Ambition among Latino Students

This report examines methods of fostering Latino students’ postsecondary success, specifically asking the question: How effective has the GEAR UP program’ s approach to achieving academic preparedness and postsecondary ambition been at Walla Walla High School? This report profiles the best methods of improving students’ academic capabilities to prepare them for postsecondary education and analyzes […]

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The Future of the Children of Immigrants: A Study of Latino Higher Education Aspirations and Abilities

This study examines the higher education aspirations and abilities, as well as outcomes, of young Latino children of immigrants. I aim to answer the following questions: How do various factors related to immigration affect Latino high school students’ personal aspirations and practical abilities to go on to higher education? What are the determining factors, with respect to […]

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The Future for Latinos and Green Collar Jobs

This goal of my research was to find out what role Latinos play in the green-collar jobs movement and how that role can best be strengthened. I investigated college programs, green-collar job training programs, green-collar jobs advocacy organizations, and community-based organizations to understand how green Latino-oriented programs are, as well as how inclusive to Latinos green […]

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Creating Safe and Civil Schools: Reaching Higher Academic Success

This report investigates the relationship between race and civility in public education. Feeling safe and embraced at school is critical to academic success. The main research questions investigated are: What levels of civility and incivility do Latino students experience at Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi)? In what ways and for what reasons do Latino high […]

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Latino Political Representation in Toppenish, Wapato, and Granger School Districts: The Case for Change

My report asks how the structure and administration of elections affects low levels of Latino representation and participation on Toppenish, Wapato, and Granger school boards..  In particular, I focused on determining whether or not the system of elections in these towns leads to minority vote dilution, or a systematic decrease in the influence of Latino […]

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Latino Access to Higher Education in the State of Washington

My research focuses on the financial barriers facing Latino college students in Washington. Increasingly, a college education is becoming a necessary requirement in achieving an adequate standard of living in a globalized and technology-based economy.  Latinos, however, are the most underrepresented minority group at college campuses across the state. I asked the following questions:  what economic […]

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