The strength of America’s education system is undoubtedly connected to the academic success of Latinos. With the shift in demographics taking place in our nation’s schools, securing an adequate and equal education for all students, including Latinos, should be a priority not just for the federal government but for every person in this country.
The quality of a student’s teacher is the single most influential in-school factor in academic achievement and future life outcomes. With the increase in Hispanic population, it is important to have a teaching workforce that reflects the student population in order to meet the demands of our increasingly diverse nation. Nearly 1 out of 4 public school students are Hispanic, while Hispanic teachers represent only 7.8% of the teaching workforce and Hispanic male teachers represent 2% of the teaching workforce.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, with the #LatinosTeach online campaign, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 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.
Today we honor Deisy Leija, a Bilingual Education teacher in Baytown, Texas.
Nominate a Latino educator by emailing the Initiative at WHIEEH@ed.gov. Be sure to include the educators name and contact information.
Hispanic educational progress timeline from 1990 to 2015.