Latino group gathers to fight dropout rate

Posted: 10:49 PM EDT Oct 18, 2013

Educators from around the state gathered at the PA Training and Technical Assistance Network in Harrisburg Thursday to discuss how to curb the drop-out rate among Latino students.

Pennsylvania's first lady, Susan Corbett, was among the speakers and unveiled an initiative of her own with the Department of Education.

The initiative that will help educators keep track of such students through a software program that will alert them if there is an issue and provide a catalog of intervention ideas.

“We have to first pay attention to the signs that they're starting to disengage or they're struggling in school and figure out what the issue is for them and then provide an appropriate intervention” said Corbett.

Apart from the new initiative, one of the summit's organizers, Ana Sainz De la Peña, says the conference itself will help educators learn how to confront the problem early on and keep future students from dropping out.

“We're going to share best practices but at the same time we want to get feedback from all of the stakeholders with the intention of creating a report that will be presented to the governor and the secretary of education” said Peña.