Darline Robles spoke at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2013 as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series. Her talk, which was titled “Our Latino Students: Voices Calling Us to a Brighter Future,” addressed the “rising voice” of the new Latino majority minority:
There’s a rising voice calling to our educators across the nation; it seeks access to the American dream; it seeks equity with other children; it seeks to speak into our future in new, daring, and exciting ways. Will we listen? Will we change? Will we embrace the change? For educators and educational entrepreneurs looking into the future of K-12 schools in America, Dr. Darline Robles will offer new insight into the “rising voice” of the Latino majority minority, which is even now entering kindergartens across the nation. Many of us already know the challenges inherent in closing the achievement gap, or effectively reaching English Learners. But can we say that we are truly culturally proficient? Are we developing the kinds of solutions they need to become engaged, informed and effective citizens? And in this new generation sweeping through our nation’s schools, are there echoes of the past—stories of success and equality—that can bring us hope, and guide us toward a brighter future?