EDC’s PALMS (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students) project has selected seven middle schools in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, and Nevada to join the project’s Outreach Leaders Network.
“We are excited that these schools are piloting our network because they demonstrate the capacity, commitment, and vision to build programs that will benefit families and students for years,” says EDC’s Amy Aparicio Clark, director of PALMS.
A recent report by the National Council of La Raza reveals that about half of Latino students entering ninth grade graduate twelfth grade with a regular diploma. However, when students receive support from their families in developing plans for higher education, they are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college.
Participating schools will receive training, networking, resource briefs, and other benefits. To create their programs, they will use Tools for Latino Family Outreach: Supporting Student Success in the Middle Grades and Beyond, which was developed by PALMS. The network is funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education.
Originally published on January 1, 2008