Note: This page contains information from our 2009 Juntos Conference. Juntos will be incorporated into the
2010 AVID National Conference.
Together Realizing Our Potential
Juntos is a Spanish word that means together. It is an alteration of junta, or meeting, a venue for a group of people joined for a common purpose. The summit, which was held in San Antonio, TX on November 16-17, 2009, provided participants with solutions to the challenges Latino students face through the elementary to higher education pipeline.
Practitioners from around the country shared their successful strategies in the areas of:
- Parental involvement
- Student performance (grades 4-12)
- Post-secondary enrollment, retention, and completion
- Policies and procedures surrounding Latino equity issues
Participants heard from keynote speakers Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, and Victor Villaseñor, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Macho, Burro Genius, Rain of Gold, and many other works (www.victorvillasenor.com). The summit united educators to address the educational issues of Latino students.