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“America’s Hispanic community has woven unique threads into the diverse fabric of our country and played an important role in shaping our national character as a people of limitless possibility. This month, let us honor their distinct heritage while reaffirming our commitment to enabling them to build a future bright with hope and opportunity for themselves, their families, and the country we love.” President Obama 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

Second Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden and Mrs. Erica Castro

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month marks the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) and in honor of this historic celebration, the Initiative, throughout the month will highlight the tremendous progress Latinos are making in education.


Today, Hispanics are nearly one in four of our public school students, but less than one in ten of our teachers. This week, the Initiative will feature Hispanic teachers to demonstrate that while they are underrepresented, there are many Hispanics who are dedicating themselves to serving their community through teaching. In highlighting their stories, we recognize these leaders who are contributing not only to the Latino community but also to fulfilling America’s future.

If you know a Latino teacher or have had a Latino teacher in your life who has made a difference share your story and use #LatinosTeach.

Today, we recognize:

  • Pearl Arredondo – Los Angeles, CA

Learn about these educators and access tools and resources related to the teaching profession.

In case you missed it, throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, the Initiative has released tools and resources highlighting the tremendous investments and progress Latinos are making in education. 

Released September 22, 2015:


  • The Federal Agency Commitments to Action are concrete investments made by ten Federal agencies that will invest in increasing educational outcomes and opportunities for all students and families, including Hispanics.
  • The Federal Agencies Investing in Hispanic Education features a sampling of programs, grants and/or initiatives that support and invest in the educational attainment and improved life outcomes of all students, including Hispanics, as reported by 23 of the 29 member agencies of the Working Group.
  • The Federal Agency Data Plans outline funding provided and efforts led by Federal agencies which help increase access to Federal government resources and support the educational attainment of all students.
  • The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) announced the completion of the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit to support states, districts and schools in meeting their legal obligations to ELs and ensuring access to quality education.

Released September 15, 2015:

  • The Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog features over 230 programs, models, organizations and initiatives that are supporting and investing in the educational attainment of Hispanics, from cradle-to-career. The Initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community. Nominate a Bright Spot.
  • The Latinas in the U.S. report highlights the condition of Hispanic girls and women in the country and their participation in areas such as: education, health, labor, housing and politics. The report can inform key programmatic, policy and advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels seeking to better increase the educational attainment and life outcomes of Latinas.

To stay updated on all the announcements that will be released throughout Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 sign up for the Initiative’s emails here.

Read our most recent blogs:

Young Women Empowering their Communities: Championing Change

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Bright Spots in Hispanic Education to Fulfill America’s Future.


Hispanic educational progress timeline from 1990 to 2015.