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Supporting Latinx Students in Rigorous Learning Environments
Across the country, disproportionate numbers of Students of Color are failing classes and ending up in summer school. In our context, this translates to disproportionate numbers of Latino boys failing classes. My research efforts aimed at shifting a pervasive narrative that rigorous learning environments typically result in some students failing to one of “All students can experience rigorous learning and growth and be academically successful.” In addition to changing mindsets we found that a three-week no grading, partnered with check-ins and interventions at the beginning of the semester helped to support academically vulnerable students find greater academic success.