Engaging Latino Parents in Student Learning
Throughout the United States, classrooms are becoming more diverse and educators are struggling to provide the resources English language learners need to be successful. What can educators do to help ensure that these students, especially the rapidly increasing Latino population, get the attention and education they need?
Authors David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta assert that it's time for the education community to tap into parent involvement to shatter the 28 percent nationwide dropout rate for Latino students. In their new book, Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners, they argue that with more than 5 million new students—the majority of whom will be Latino—projected to enroll in U.S. schools by 2025, now is the time to take action.
K–12 educators of any discipline or professional level can use the book to
- Access reproducible form letters in English and Spanish that can be used to collect valuable insight on students from the people who know them best.
- Better understand elements of Latino culture that relate closely to student learning.
- Connect with Latino websites and literature that can be used in the classroom.
- Build a campus task force that can induct Latino parents and families into the process of student learning.
In this Talks With an Author interview, Campos, Delgado, and Soto Huerta discuss how reaching out in the community is essential to helping English learners perform on a consistent basis and how teachers can make sure all students are getting a proper and equal education.
Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners helps educators understand the cultural factors that contribute to the incorrect perception that Latino parents have little interest in engaging with their children's schools. It also offers educators tools and strategies for fostering communication and knowledge sharing, and bridging the divide between school and home.