Advancing Latino/a Achievement & Success (ALAS) Conference

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    Call for Presentations

    SJSU President Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi and the Santa Clara County School Superintendents invite you to participate in this educational alliance dedicated to the growth and expansion of a college-going culture among our Latino/a youth. This conference will highlight programs and strategies that prepare and motivate our students and their families to overcome any barriers to their dreams of going to college. As successful role models, you can inform and inspire future generations of college students. The Advancing Latino/a Achievement & Success (ALAS) Conference will be held at San José State University on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm and will target Santa Clara County students in grades 5 through 10 and their families. Presenters are asked to commit to two 60-minute presentations between 9:15 am and 12:00 pm. Conference participants will attend a welcome, keynote address, and two sessions of their choice. Thank YOU for helping us. “For the end of all education should surely be service to others.” – César Chávez -

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    Workshop Themes Descriptions

    Overall Themes: Grades 5-6: Middle and High School Success, A-G Courses in high school, etc. Grades 7-8: University/college admission and success; financial aid/planning; what to expect, etc. Grades 9-10: Career focus; relating college to work; options for careers, etc. Pathways: Backwards Mapping & Options (Grades 5-6 or 7-8) It may seem really early to start learning about admission requirements for the various California education systems, but now is the time to learn some of the basics. Participants will learn about A-G requirements and the essential classes for UC and CSU eligibility. Student or Adult Panel (Grade 5-6 focus on high school or 7-8 focus on college) This is a panel of current college students who will respond to common questions. Describe your high school or college experience. How would you describe the campus climate or environment? What’s it like to be a Latina/Latino in high school or college? What do you do to cope with the environment? In what ways do you think your degree will help you in the future? What on-campus social support do you have in place to help you succeed academically? What advice would you give to younger students who are thinking about pursuing a college education? What challenges/concerns did you overcome in order to attend college? Parent Panel (Grades 7-8) This is a panel of parents of current/former college students who will respond to common questions. What did you do as a parent to help your daughter/son get into college? What hurdles did you expect and how did you handle them? What advice do you have for parents who want their daughter/son to go to college? Does your daughter/son continue to need help and support while in college? How do the demands of college conflict with the needs of the family? Financial Planning (Grades 7-8) Intended to provide information about State and Federal Financial Aid, private scholarships and savings plans. Presentations in this area may address federal and state funding sources, awards available from individual colleges and universities, and/or other public and private sources intended to help families meet the costs of obtaining a college education. College Education and Your Career (Grades 9-10) Some of these benefits of college may not be obvious. Many jobs rely on new technology and require more brain power than muscle power. Studies also show that a person who attends college generally earns more than a person who does not. Presentations in this area are intended to provide information about the career opportunities that accompany a college education. Resources for Careers (Grades 9-10) Presentations in this area are intended to provide information about programs or projects that will assist students in identifying and entering their chosen career. Careers in STEM (Grades 9-10) Motivate students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Describe how these areas shape our life and how important they are for the betterment of our communities. Other This is for the option that doesn’t fall clearly into one of the themes. Please describe how your presentation matches the goal of expanding and growing the college-going culture of Latino families. For your information, we expect that parents and students will attend the workshop together, as a family. Plan your presentation accordingly.

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    SJSU ALAS 2012 Conference Promo (video)

    Nurturing a College-Going Culture Advancing Latino/a Achievement and Success (ALAS) is an educational alliance uniting SJSU, the National Hispanic University and the Santa Clara County Superintendents Association, in a mission dedicated to the growth and expansion of a college-going culture among our Latino/a youth. Spreading Information in a Biennial Conference Every other year, ALAS organizes a conference highlighting programs and strategies that prepare and motivate our students and their families to overcome any barriers to their dreams of going to college. The video above features scenes from the Third Biennial ALAS Conference held in February 2012.

    Thank you for your program submission! ¡Muchas gracias por someter su presentación!

    If you have any questions regarding the ALAS Conference, please contact Fernanda Perdomo Karp at fernanda.karp@sjsu.edu or at (408) 924-1162