Involving Latino Families in Schools
Raising Student Achievement Through Home-School Partnerships
- Concha Delgado Gaitan - Educational Research and Writing Consultant
"Anyone involved in preservice training for future and present classroom teachers should read this book. Both the content and context of the book are practical, timely, and necessary as our country and classrooms become more diverse."
Michele Dean, Principal
Montalvo Elementary School, Ventura, CA
Raise school attendance, reduce dropout rates, and improve academic performance of Latino students!
Often marginalized by poverty, linguistic isolation, or prejudice, Latino students face many academic obstacles. And while research has shown that parental involvement plays a key role in academic achievement, most schools have failed to modify their parent involvement programs to address social and cultural realities of Latino families.
Involving Latino Families in Schools provides tools and strategies for including Latino parents in developing sustained academic improvement. Sharing numerous first person success stories, author Concha Delgado Gaitan stresses three conditions of increased parental participation: connecting to families, sharing information with parents, and supporting continued parental involvement.
Offering easily applied techniques for cultivating communication, this practical handbook examines
- Latino families and their educational aspirations for their children
- The communication systems needed between schools and Latino families
- How Latino families can assist their children at home
- Techniques to foster Latino parent involvement
- How to organize schoolwide parent involvement programs
Through suggested activities, case examples, and vignettes, the author provides insights and instruction for planning, designing, and implementing parental participation programs that enhance the classroom curriculum and effectively engage Latino students.
Designed primarily for elementary and secondary school principals and teachers, this innovative text is also an indispensable resource for district-level administrators.
Anyone involved in preservice training for future and present classroom teachers should read this book. Both the content and context of the book are practical, timely, and necessary as our country and classrooms become more diverse.
"Provides a great basic understanding of Latino cultures and their impact on schooling, with suggestions that are easy to implement, and personal vignettes provided by principals, parents, teachers, community leaders, and Latino students."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Life in Latino Families