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Leveling the Academic Field for Hispanics: Plaza Comunitaria!

About This Session


More than 70% of Hispanic students seeking their high school education come with educational gaps that need to be filled before they attempt their GED. Plaza Comunitaria is an accredited Adult Basic Education Pre-GED program available in the US and with proven efficacy to fill these gaps.

Around 85% of adults entering or applying to ESL/GED programs are Spanish speakers. Around 3/4 of them have not completed beyond third grade education. Another percentage of them never went to school and do not know how to read or write in their own language.

Four out of five young people arriving in Texas from Spanish-speaking countries cannot continue their secondary education due to lack of English to pass the standardized tests. Unless they know about Plazas Comunitarias, the ISDs send these teens and families to ESL or, if they are 17+, GED programs instead of the appropriate middle or high school.

Free and open to ANY native Spanish speaker, Plaza Comunitaria’s certifications for elementary, middle, and high school levels are fully recognized in Texas as well as the US and all other participant countries.

What we'll cover:


To inform, raise awareness, give contacts and resources about Plaza Comunitaria as a recognized and valid Pre-GED educational alternative in Texas and the US, and as part of an effective ABE program.


After this session, attendees will:

  1. Understand what a Plaza Comunitaria program is and how it provides the Pre-GED preparation normally needed to move adult students (including 17 years old) into a GED in Spanish prep program. Its curriculum is a natural fit for students with academic backgrounds from outside the US.
  2. Have the information and procedures to start, improve and/or consider setting up their own Plaza, either independently or as a part of another already activity.
  3. Have up-to-date information on the GED testing and preparation requirements in Texas.


Primarily interactive, engaging in discussions throughout the presentation of experiences, information, and resources. Participants will be provided with information, strategies, and tools for this program. The know-how also will be based in 20 years’ experience running this program in Texas.

With ABE programs closing throughout the state and the country, the possibility to open and run this type of free program is more timely and relevant than ever.

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - adult foundational education (HSE, ASE, ABE) 450x68
Session will also cover:
topic - family and parent literacy (450 x68)
topic - diversity, equity & inclusion


PD other

Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.


Crocker, Rosa-Maria

Rosa Maria Crocker
Adult Literacy and Plaza Comunitaria de Plano Programs Coordinator
MAS – Plano ISD

ROLE general audience
LEVEL beginner
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