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About K'LEA

 

KY Service Area MapK LEA serves two groups of constituents. First and foremost, the partnership is dedicated to impacting the success of Latino students and their families. To achieve this goal, K LEA seeks to develop tools and resources for the second group of constituents: current and future partner organizations, institutions and leaders placed in positions of service or policy creation that affect Latino student success.

In the last decade there has been a rapid increase in Kentucky s Latino population, mostly seen in the K LEA service region, the Lexington-Louisville corridor. According to the Living Cities Census Series (Brookings Institute), Lexington ranks second in a list of the 100 largest U.S. cities with Latino population change from 2000 to 2007. Results from the recent 2010 U.S. Census show that Lexington s Latino population more than doubled in the 2000-2010 decade. This growth is evident in the Lexington/Fayette County schools where K-5 Latino enrollment is more than double that of the middle and high schools. Louisville is also included in the Brookings list, ranking 46th with a 27.6% increase in its Latino population. The 12 counties that make up the K LEA service region (highlighted region in map below), including the two largest cities of Lexington and Louisville, are home to 52.8% of Kentucky s Latino population. The region also includes the two largest school districts which collectively educate 41.2% of the state s Latino students.

The partnership includes committed involvement of the state s leading and largest universities and community colleges, located in the Lexington-Louisville corridor, as well as the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the key higher education authority that serves to establish policy for all of Kentucky s regional universities and colleges. Expanding upon this premium collection of agencies and institutions, the alliance includes K-12 schools and school district representatives, the state s leading experts in financial aid and Latino advocacy, as well as policy makers, professional organizations and employers, all championing Latino student success.

K LEA serves two groups of constituents. First and foremost, the partnership is dedicated to impacting the success of Latino students and their families. To achieve this goal, K LEA seeks to develop tools and resources for the second group of constituents: current and future partner organizations, institutions and leaders placed in positions of service or policy creation that affect Latino student success.

Strategic Focuses

  1. Prepare and coach families and students for college success;
  2. Develop and support student engagement;
  3. Formalize and strengthen transitions and transfers;
  4. Develop and enrich cultural competency;
  5. Impact institutional and agency policies and procedures to improve access and retention;
  6. Advocate for Latino student success; and
  7. Deepen and strengthen student engagement with professional organizations and networks.

Strategic Focus

Action Strategies

1) Prepare and coach families and students for college success
  • Educate and empower parents regarding school involvement
  • Engage families in college awareness and readiness programs, workshops and presentations
  • Improve communication of policy and procedures (admissions, financial aid, business office, advising, etc) to students and parents
  • Provide holistic preparation services (tutoring, college coaching, financial literacy training)
  • Contribute to completion through case management and support services
2) Develop and support student engagement
  • Provide spaces for peer to peer support
  • Provide programs and opportunities for student development and engagement
3) Formalize and strengthen transitions and transfers
  • Allocate resources (including staffing commitments) to support Latino student retention
  • Ensure ease of transfer between institutions
  • Identify bottlenecks that prevent Latino student retention
  • Improve transitions between elementary, middle, high school, and college
4) Develop and enrich cultural competency
  • Address campus cultural obstacles to completion
  • Educate teachers on cultural competency
  • Provide culturally centered, bilingual services to students and families to assist in college going efforts
  • Improve college counseling
5) Impact institutional and agencies policy and procedures to improve access and retention
  • Review and advocate for intuitional, local and state policies that provide college access and success to Latino students
  • Formalize commitments through statutes, executive orders, and/or state-wide strategic plans
  • Promote Statewide Diversity Framework: All states colleges and universities are required to set challenging goals measuring student body diversity, student success, workforce diversity and campus climate required by the Kentucky CPE
  • Provide and fundraise for sustained scholarships
  • Provide resources for institutions to reach ambitious goals
  • Use transparent data sharing
6) Advocate for Latino student success
  • Address equity gaps in college attainment
  • Hold school districts, colleges and universities accountable for graduating Latinos students on time
  • Set challenging long term goals for Latino college completion
7) Deepen and strengthen student engagement with professional organizations and networks
  • Offer apprenticeships and internships
  • Offer job shadowing and career exploration
  • Offer mentoring and professional development workshops
  • Provide training on entrepreneurship

 

Core Leadership Team

Rebecca Montano-Smith
Assistant Manager, Village Branch
Lexington Public Library
Rmontano-smith@lexpublib.org

Janet Geurin Muller
Director: Office of Cultural Diversity
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Janet.muller@kctcs.edu

Edgardo Mansilla
Executive Director
Americana Community Center
edgardo@americanacc.org

Sharessa Crovo
Teacher
Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School
Sharessa.crovo@fayette.kyschools.us

Gaby Baca
Education Empowerment Coordinator
Kentucky Dream Coalition
Gfby03@hotmail.com

Rana Johnson
Chief Diversity Officer
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Rana.johnson@ky.gov

Laine Lopez
Program Coordinator, Cultural Center
University of Louisville
lyorte01@louisville.edu

Summer Gortney
Central Kentucky Outreach Counselor
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
sgortney@kheaa.com

*K'LEA Quarterly Meetings

Attendance is mandatory of all sub-grant recipients and strongly recommended by all partners. Meetings will provide professional development and capacity/resource building opportunities for greater Latino Student Success efforts.