Achievement Gap and Obstacles Affecting Latina/o Educational Development -- an excellent collection of links to many good reports.

The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute -- an organization that addresses key issues affecting Latino communities through policy-relevant research and activism.

Unequal Opportunity Lenders: Analyzing Racial Disparities in Big Banks' Higher Priced Lending -- a 2009 study showing that "Among high income borrowers in 2006, African Americans were three times as likely as whites to pay higher prices for mortgages -- 32.1% compared to 10.5 %.  Hispanics were nearly as likely as African Americans to pay higher prices for their mortgages at 29.1%."

A Good Credit Score Did Not Protect Latino and Black Borrowers -- this 2012 study of mortgages signed during the years 2004-2008 shows that African American and Latino borrowers with high credit scores were three or more times likely to be inappropriately "pushed into" high cost, high risk mortgages than whites with the same credit scores.

Educating Latinos: A Special Report -- an excellent series of radio programs broadcast in 2002.

The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative -- a program designed to help educators address the education gap" by providing research-based resources for improving the teaching of racially and ethnically diverse students." Includes a set of online tools that can be adapted for use in schools and classrooms.

Latino USA -- a good radio program about issues and perspectives relevant to the Latino experience in the U.S.

Latino rapper Pitbull Blends Politics and Hip-Hop -- a radio segment about Pitbull who addresses social and political issues in his music and has worked hard to register young Latinos to vote.

Latino in America -- a 2009 CNN television special about "how Latinos are reshaping our communities and culture" and issues related to their increasing percentage of the population.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage -- teacher resources.

Hispanic Heritage Month Information -- more useful information.

Hispanic-American Students and Learning Style -- an interesting article with good overview and valuable specifics.

Strategies for Improving the Educational Outcomes of Latinas -- a good review of research about the school experiences of Hispanic young women (Latinas) and what schools/eductors can do to be more effective with this group of students.

The Daughters of Aztlán: A Socio-Historical Survey of Chicanas in the United States -- a history of Mexican American women in the U.S.

CLNet Bilingual Education -- discussion boards, history, instructional programs, and more.

Nicholasa Mohr -- good biographical and other information about this important Nuyorican author, at a site called, Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color.

Gloria Anzaldua -- information about this important Chicana writer and activist.

Chicana/Latina Authors -- information about many great Latina/Chicana writers, at the site, Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color.

Weblinks about Esmeralda Santiago -- good resources about this important Puerto Rican author (When I was Puerto Rican, America's Dream, and other books).

El Boricua -- "a monthly bilingual publication for Puerto Ricans" -- a good resource about the cultural history of Puerto Rico -- biographies, poems, children's songs, vocaublary, politics, holidays, recipes, and more -- lots of good links, too.

Puerto Rican Music -- a good overview of Puerto Rican music traditions and contributions.

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance -- dance history and resources.

Jimmy Santiago Baca Homepage -- an excellent contemporary poet, novelist, and screenwriter who presents with power, honesty, and insight some of the Mexican American experience -- recipient of many national awards -- a powerful personal story.

Reggaeton Makes Its Mark on the Bronx -- a radio story about reggaeton, a relatively new and hugely popular musical form that combines reggae, hip-hop, Spanish and Spanish-influenced lyrics, and more, to create a sort of Latin hip-hop -- with roots in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic.

Tego Calderon -- information about a major reggaeton artist who discusses issues of race and racism in his music.

Music Nortena: Accordion on the Texas Border -- a great NPR site about Tex-Mex music -- excellent audio clips and lots of good links.

Nestor Torres -- a jazz flute master talks about his newest CD, 'Sin Palabras (Without Words)' -- this is a radio program interview, so listen to the music, too.

Voices from the Gaps -- a great website about "women writers of color" -- good bios and links.

The Pew Hispanic Center: Research and Surveys on the U.S. Hispanic Population -- a website to facilitate and display many new and developing issues concerning the Latino population in the United States.

Some Good Books and Articles

Aguirre-Molina, M. et al., (Eds.) 2001. Health Issues in the Latino Community. Jossey-Bass.

Artiles, A. & Trent, S. 1994. Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education: A Continuing Debate. Journal of Special Education, 27: 410-437.

Baca, J. 1990. Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Poems. New Directions.

Baca, J. 2002. C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans: Poems. Grove Press.

Baca, J. 2002. A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet. Grove Press.

Berg, C. 2002. Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, Resistance. University of Texas Press.

Caravantes, E. 2006. Clipping Their Own Wings: The Incompatibility between Latino Culture and American Education, University Press of America.

Carger, C. 1996. Of Borders and Dreams: A Mexican-American Experience of Urban Education. Teachers College Press.

Conchas, G. 2006. The Color of Success: Race and High Achieving Urban Youth. Teachers College Press.

Darder, A. et al., (Eds.) 1997. Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader. Routledge.

Delgado Gaitan, C. 2004. Involving Latino Families in Schools: Raising Student Achievement through Home-School Partnerships. Corwin Press.

Dunn, R., S. Griggs, and G. Price. (1993). Learning Styles of Mexican-American and Anglo-American Elementary-School Students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 21(4): 237-47.

Elder, J., Arredondo, E., Campbell, N. & Baquero, B. 2010. Individual, Family, and Community Environmental Correlates of Obesity in Latino Elementary School Children. The Journal of School Health 80(1): 20.

Espinoza-Herold, M. 2003. Issues in Latino Education: Race, School Culture, and the Politics of Academic Success. Allyn and Bacon.

Ferris, S. &Sandoval, R. 1997. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. Harcourt.

Flores, J. 1993. Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity. Arte Publico Press.

Flores, J. 2000. From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity. Columbia University Press.

Gándara, P., & Contreras, F.. 2009. The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies. Harvard University Press.

Gonzalez, M. et al., (Ed.) 1998. Educating Latino Students: A Guide to Successful Practice. Technomic Publishing.

Kanellos, N. 1993. Short Fiction by Hispanic Writers of the United States. Arte Publico Press.

Lindsay, A., Sussner, K., Greaney, M. & Peterson, K. 2009. Influence of Social Context on Eating, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviors of Latina Mothers and Their Preschool-Age Children. Health Education and Behavior 36(1): 81-96.

Luis, W. 1997. Dance Between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States. Vanderbilt University Press.

MacDonald, V. 2004. Latino Education in the United States: A Narrated History from 1513-2000. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mohr, N. 1973. Nilda. Harper.

Mohr, N. 1975. El Bronx Remembered. Harper.

Mohr, N. 1985. Rituals of Survival: A Woman's Portfolio. Arte Público.

Nieto, S. (Ed.) 2000. Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Reyes, P. et al., (Eds.), 1999. Lessons from High Performing Hispanic Schools: Creating Learning Communities. Teachers College Press.

Rivera, R. & Nieto, S. (Eds.) 1993. The Education of Latino Students in Massachusetts: Issues, Research, and Policy Implications. University of Massachusetts Press.

Rodriguez, L. 1993. Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. Simon & Schuster.

Romo, H. 1996. Latino High School Graduation: Defying the Odds. University of Texas Press.

Rosales, F. 1997. Chicano: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Arte Publico Press.

Santiago, E. 1994. When I Was Puerto Rican. Vintage Books.

Santiago, E. 1997. America's Dream. Harper Collins.

Santiago, R. (Ed.) 1995. Boricuas: Influential Puerto Rican Writings: An Anthology. Ballantine Books.

Slavin, R. & Calderon, M. 2001. Effective Programs for Latino Students. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Torres, S. 1996. Hispanic Voices: Hispanic Health Educators Speak Out. National League for Nursing Press.

Trueba, E. 1999. Latinos Unidos: From Cultural Diversity to the Politics of Solidarity. Rowman & Littlefield.

Trumball, E. 2001. Bridging Cultures Between Home and School: A Guide for Teachers, with a Special Focus on Immigrant Latino Families. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Urciuoli, B. 1996. Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race and Class. Westview Press.

Valdés, G. 1996. Con Respeto: Bridging the Distances Between Culturally Diverse Families and Schools. Teachers College Press.

Valdes, G. 2001. Learning and Not Learning English: Latino Students in American Schools. Teachers College Press.

Valdes, G. 2011. Latino Children Learning English: Steps in the Journey. Teachers College Press.

Valencia, R. (Ed.) 1991. Chicano School Failure and Success. Falmer Press.

Valenzuela, A. 1999. Subtractive Schooling: U.S.-Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring. SUNY Press.

Walsh, C. 1996. Pedagogy and the Struggle for Voice: Issues of Language, Power and Schooling for Puerto Ricans. Bergin & Garvey.

Wicks, S. 1997. Integrating American Popular Regional Music Into the Curriculum. Phi Delta Kappan, v. 78.

Yosso, T. 2005. Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline. Routledge.

Yong, F., & N. Ewing. (1992). A Comparative Study of the Learning-Style Preferences among Gifted African-American, Mexican-American and American Born Chinese Middle-Grade Students. Roeper Review, 14(3): 120-123.

Zambrana, R. (Ed.) 1995. Understanding Latino Families: Scholarship, Policy, and Practice. Sage Publications.

Zentella, A. 1997. Growing Up Bilingual: Puerto Rican Children in New York. Blackwell. 

Some Good Videos/Films

Puerto Rican Heritage -- some good basic information -- available from

Like Water for Chocolate -- an award winning fiction film based on the book by Laura Esquivel -- review by Roger Ebert