During a news conference in 2015, Broward County School Board members, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, officials with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the Executive Director of the national “Latinos in Action” program, and Broward County Schools District staff announced the launch of the “Latinos in Action” program at six high schools in Broward County, including Charles W. Flanagan High School, Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School and West Broward High School.
Florida ALAS collaborates with and supports Latinos In Action, an organization which offers a unique approach to bridging the graduation and achievement gap Latino students generally experience in the United States.
LIA is a college prep course, a cultural awareness seminar, and a leadership training class all rolled into one package. LIA is a program taught at the high school and junior high/middle school level by a highly-qualified and committed educator. The robust LIA curriculum trains students as paraprofessionals and leaders who visit their local elementary schools in an effort to not only increase literacy and math rates of those who are struggling, but to act as role models. This allows younger students to build leadership and self-efficacy that will propel them to join LIA when they reach Junior High and High School and continue the cycle of support and leadership demonstrated by older LIA students.
Florida ALAS is dedicated to empowering parents and students and expediting services for them. We understand that parent and student support is crucial.
Florida ALAS also advocates for the teaching of the highest academic standards for students and is committed to closing the gap in the achievement of Latino students and other underrepresented minorities.
To achieve these ambitious goals, Florida ALAS sponsors and supports programs and activities that promote student achievement and parental support and provide avenues for Latino students and parents to become knowledgeable and engaged in K-12 and post-secondary educational opportunities and options available to them.
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Florida ALAS sponsors La Universidad Si Se Puede!, a program intended to equip and empower Latino families with the tools and information needed to ensure college and career readiness.
With a large focus on post-secondary goals, the program includes symposiums and informative events which address topics such as how to successfully graduate from high school, what is required for students to transition into college, parental support, how to apply for financial aid, how to overcome educational and cultural obstacles, and much more!