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Educating Latino Boys
An Asset-Based Approach

First Edition
  • David Campos - University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas


December 2012 | 272 pages | Corwin

Bring out the best in your male Latino students!

Largely misunderstood and in many cases underserved, Latino boys often miss out on key academic opportunities for achievement and success in school. Educator David Campos, a champion of higher education for Latino boys, provides proven strategies to promote their achievement.

Through powerful vignettes and helpful "What can I do next?" sections, Campos helps teachers and administrators understand the unique assets that this remarkable group of students brings into the school community and how to engage them as learners. Educating Latino Boys demonstrates how to:

  • Enhance student engagement and achievement by addressing Latino boys' specific needs
  • Explore personal and school-wide beliefs to better understand how to serve this population
  • Develop strategies for motivating Latino boys to pursue higher education
  • Address unique challenges that Latino boys face both in the home and at school

Educating Latino Boys is an essential resource for improving educational opportunities and outcomes for this important population of students.

"With passionate concern and a probing insight drawn from experiences as both learner and educator, David Campos deconstructs the complex factors affecting the academic success of Latino boys in our schools today and compels us to embrace the need for change."
—Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, Author of Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School

"David Campos makes a persuasive case for the need to examine the lived experience of Latino boys and the implications for policy and practice. His many examples are powerful, imaginative, and supported by data."
—Valerie J. Janesick, Professor
University of South Florida


 
A Few Words Before Starting
 
Part I. Framing the Scope and Purpose of the Book
 
1. Introduction
Examining the Education of Latino Boys Is Important  
Latino Boys Have Assets  
Why Latino Is Used Rather Than Hispanic  
Summary  
 
2. Cultural Conflict Between Latino Boys and School
Unfavorable Perceptions of Latino Boys  
How Schools Fail to Meet Latino Boys' Needs  
Boy Behaviors That Do Not Fit With Schools' Expectations  
Summary  
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Part II. Circumstances of Contemporary Latino Boys
 
3. Data Trends Associated With Latino Boys
Demographic Trends Among Latinos in the United States  
The Academic Achievement of Latino Students  
The Significance of Teacher Quality  
Summary  
 
4. The Cultural Background of Latino Boys
The Heterogeneity of the Latino Culture  
Common Latino Cultural Values  
Summary  
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Part III. Social Forces That Affect Latino Boys' School Performance
 
5. The Differing Kinds of Capital in the Lives of Latino Boys
The Challenges of Poverty  
Physical Capital  
Human Capital  
Cultural Capital  
Social Capital  
Summary  
 
6. The Balancing Act That Latino Boys Perform
The Challenge of Acculturating  
The Worry Over Immigration  
The Stress of Learning English  
Summary  
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Part IV. Teachers and Schools Can Enhance Latino Boys' Success
 
7. Enhancing Latino Boys' Success at School
Instructional Practices in the Classroom  
Fostering a Positive Sense of School Attachment  
Summary  
 
8. Programs for Latino Boys
A Few Words About Program Effectiveness  
Programs Designed to Help Latino Youth  
Advocacy Organizations That Work to Empower Latinos  
Summary  
 
"What Can I Do Next?" Implications for the Classroom
 
Final Thoughts
 
References
 
About the Author
 
Acknowledgments
 
Index

" David Campos has written a book that will be extremely useful for teachers, educational leaders in general, and school administrators in particular. His careful description of the cultural context of Latino boys is groundbreaking and should awaken all of us. He makes a persuasive case for the need to examine the lived experience of Latino boys and the implications for policy and practice. His many examples are powerful, imaginative, and supported by data. The book is engaging, fascinating, and a solid addition to the literature on the culturally relevant curriculum. I will definitely use this book in my classes to illustrate this topic."

Valerie J. Janesick, Professor
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

"With passionate concern and a probing insight drawn from experiences as both learner and educator, David Campos deconstructs the complex factors affecting the academic success of Latino boys in our schools today and compels us to embrace the need for change. This book is a must-read for all classroom educators who genuinely want to find solutions to the crippling effects of the achievement gap on the fastest growing subpopulation in our country."

Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, Author of Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School

"Campos (Univ. of the Incarnate Word) begins his book with the statement that 'Latino boys are often appraised from a deficit perspective because school leaders and teachers appraise students of color using the middle-class, dominant-culture frame of reference.' That is, Latino boys fall short because that standards to which they are held are inappropriate to them. To assauge educators, Campos notes, 'I don't think that school professionals are aware that they are appraising Latino boys in such a fashion.' The irony is that in the pronouncement of an educatior bias, the author does not recognize his own. His evidence is largely anecdotal, and when hard data are introduced (chapter 3, for example), the explanations are made to fit the thesis. The book's importance turns on the degree to which education should be adjusted for ethnic group difference. For those believing that education 'wrong-foots' Latino males by failing to recognize their strengths, the author  provides confirmation. To those less sure that achievement differences refelct the vagaries of educator appraisal, the book will be less important."

CHOICE
Key features
(1) A comprehesive, practitioner-focused guide to promoting student engagement and academic achievement of Latino boys.

(2) Enhances teacher and school leader awareness of the cultural, sociopolitical, and psychological contexts of this heterogenous, rapidly-growing demographic group.

(3) Proposes concrete classroom, schoolwide, and programmatic strategies to enhance student engagement and achievement.

(4) Includes a series of powerful vignettes profiling the lives and experiences of Latino boys in our nation's schools.

(5) Includes reflective prompts (Making Connections) for use by teams and individuals to explore their personal beliefs as well as classroom and schoolwide policies and practices.

Sample Materials & Chapters

A Few Words Before Starting

Chapter 1: Introduction


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