High-Achieving Latino Students

Successful Pathways Toward College and Beyond

Edited by:
Susan J. Paik, Claremont Graduate University
Stacy M. Kula, Azusa Pacific University
Jeremiah J. González, Los Angeles Unified School District
Verónica V. González, Los Angeles Unified School District

A volume in the series: Research in Educational Productivity. Editor(s): Susan J. Paik, Claremont Graduate University.

Published 2020

High-Achieving Latino Students: Successful Pathways Toward College and Beyond addresses a long-standing need for a book that focuses on the success, not failure, of Latino students. While much of the existing research works from a deficit lens, this book uses a strength-based approach to support Latino achievement. Bringing together researchers and practitioners, this unique book provides research-based recommendations from early to later school years on “what works” for supporting high achievement.

Praise for High-Achieving Latino Students

"This book focuses on an important issue about which we know little. There are many lessons here for both scholars and educators who believe that Latino students can succeed. I congratulate the authors for taking on this timely and significant topic." ~ Guadalupe Valdés, Ph.D., Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor in Education, Stanford University. Author of Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools

"This is a must-read book for leaders in institutions of both K-12 and higher education who want to better understand success factors of Latino students in the US. Using a strength-based framework to understand and support Latino achievement is a new paradigm that must be considered by all." ~ Loui Olivas, Ed.D., President, American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

"In addition to being the right book at the right time, these editors should be congratulated for giving us a stellar example of how a research-practice collaboration comes together to produce such a valuable and lasting contribution to the field of school reform and improvement. Those who work in schools, universities, think tanks and policymaking centers have been waiting anxiously for this kind of book, and it’s now here." ~ Carl A. Cohn, Ed.D., Former Executive Director, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, CA State Board of Education member, and Superintendent

"There may not be a silver bullet for solving the so-called problem of Latino underachievement, but well-conceived solutions do exist. This powerful book offers strength- and asset-based frameworks that demonstrate Latino achievement is possible. Read this text to not only get informed, but to also get nurtured and inspired!" ~ Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., Professor in Education, University of Texas at Austin. Author of Subtractive Schooling: US-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring

Foreword, Carl A. Cohn. Introduction and Overview: Using a Success Lens to Understand Latino Achievement, Susan J. Paik, Stacy M. Kula, Jeremiah J. González, and Verónica V. González. PART I: SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND FAMILIAL CAPITAL. High-Achieving Latino Students at Elite Colleges: The Role of School Structure and Pre-College Programs in K–12 Preparation, Jeremiah J. González. Asset-Based Factors of High-Achieving Puerto Rican High School Students: Understanding Familial and Social Capital, René Antrop-González. Madres y Abuelas (Mothers and Grandmothers): Informing and Shaping High-Achieving Latinx College Students’ Educational Success, Jeanett Castellanos, Alberta M. Gloria, Oscar F. Rojas Pérez, and Monica Quezada. High-Achieving First-Generation Latino Community College Students: Their Journeys, Struggles, and Stories of Success, Verónica V. González. PART II: INDIVIDUAL AGENCY AND OTHER STRENGTH-BASED FACTORS. High-Achieving Latino Students in Low-Performing High Schools: The Importance of Resilience, Liliana Jarvis. Family, Community, and Culture: A Framework for Culturally-Rooted Grit (CRG) in Second-Generation High-Achieving Latino Students at Elite Colleges and Universities, Stacy M. Kula. From Surviving to Thriving: Critical Perspectives on High-Achieving Latino Undergraduate Males at Selective Universities, David Pérez II, Victor B. Sáenz, and Jorge Burmicky. PART III: UNTOLD STORIES OF SUCCESS: BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Contexts that Facilitate Academic Success and College Pathways for Undocumented Students: Lessons from Early Academic Experiences of High-Achieving, Undocumented Latino Students Attending Highly-Selective Private Colleges, Gloria Itzel Montiel. Cientí ficos Latinxs: Uncovering the Counter Story of Success in STEM, Laura Rendón, Amaury Nora, Ripsimé Bledsoe, and Vijay Kanagala. The Life and Success of Sonia Sotomayor: Perseverance and Productive Giftedness, Susan J. Paik, Kenya R. Marshall-Harper, Charlina Gozali, and Tammy Johnson. PART IV: INTERVENTION AND STRATEGIES THAT PROMOTE HIGH ACHIEVEMENT. Early Intervention Matters: Towards a Path of High Achievement for Latino Middle School Males, Eligio Martínez Jr. and Michelle Castellanos. High-Achieving Latinx K–12 Students: Factors that Support Academic Achievement and School Persistence Toward STEM Careers, Hersh C. Waxman, Mario I. Suárez, and Yolanda N. Padrón. Serving Gifted, Advanced, and High-Ability Latino Students: Programming for Success, Jaime A. Castellano. PART V: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS: WHAT WORKS IN PRACTICE, RESEARCH, AND POLICY. Why School Leaders Matter in Supporting High Achievement: Reflections for School Leadership, Gudiel R. Crosthwaite. The Importance of Effective Practices for High-Achieving Students: Reflections for Practice, Jeremiah J. González, Verónica V. González, Stacy M. Kula, and Susan J. Paik. Good Research and Policy Matter for School Success: Reflections for Research & Policy, Stacy M. Kula, Susan J. Paik, Verónica V. González, and Jeremiah J. González. Biographies.

Winner of the 2021 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Book of the Year Award