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David Campos, Rocio Delgado, & Mary Esther Soto Huerta
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How can teachers of Latino English language learners actively engage their students' families in helping English language learners (ELLs) succeed in school?
In this powerful book, David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta provide guidance and resources to help teachers communicate and collaborate with the families of Latino ELLs.
Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners includes practical tips and tools, including reproducible form letters in English and Spanish, that can help teachers solicit valuable information about students from their families, extend families' knowledge of how U.S. schools operate and provide families with ideas for helping students with their schoolwork at home. In addition, the authors
The more families of Latino ELLs learn about the curriculum, policies, and procedures of their children's schools, the more comfortable they will be collaborating with teachers. Likewise, the more educators learn about their students' backgrounds, the better able they will be to help them in the classroom.
This complete resource will enable educators to work diligently and harmoniously with students' families in the service of what really matters: the academic success of Latino students.
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"The book gives lots of ideas of simple ways to connect with Latino families, such as assigning students to research famous Latinos or posting phrases around a school in both English and Spanish. ... The book also describes more substantial and coordinated efforts to engage Latino parents, such as identifying community resources to support parents and students and forming a task force to improve Latino engagement."
—As first appeared on Edweek.org, Learning the Language, August 9, 2011.
Reprinted with permission from Editorial Projects in Education.
"Authors David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta have put together a wonderful guide to help educators reach out to parents of students who are learning English. This book also explores why, culturally, Latino parents may seem hesitant about connecting with their kids' schools, and presents strategies educators can use to approach these parents effectively."
—Excerpt originally appeared in School Library Journal's enewsletterSLJTeen.
Reprinted with permission from School Library Journal.
"Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners is a necessary and useful tool for practitioners. The authors—David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta—provide a guide for educators that can aid them in reframing the ways they perceive, approach, and engage with Latino ELs in their classrooms."
—Karisa J. Peer, Bilingual Research Journal
This review first appeared in the October 2012 article,
"Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners."
Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd.
"While this book would benefit teachers interested in increasing Latino parent engagement and would be especially useful for individuals who are relatively unfamiliar with Latino culture and the Spanish language, its easy-to-use guide and vast appendix make this a book that all educators who work with Latino English learners should have on their shelf."
—Jeremiah J. Gonzalez, doctoral candidate in Urban Education,
Title III/Access to Core Instructional Coach, and adjunct professor, Los Angeles, Calif.
This review first appeared in the International Journal of Multicultural Education.
DAVID CAMPOS began his education career more than 15 years ago when he started teaching 2nd grade. He later entered graduate school, taught ESL, and worked in corporate training and development. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. His first job in academia was at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he was an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Read more
ROCIO DELGADO holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and is an Assistant Professor and Special Education Program Director at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Her research interests include the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with or without disabilities and collaboration among school professionals and students' families. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate education courses, Dr. Delgado supervises teaching interns in general, bilingual/ ESL, and special education settings. Read more
MARY ESTHER SOTO HUERTA received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Culture, Literacy, and Language at Texas State University–San Marcos, where she teaches courses in bilingual education, ESL, and reading in the College of Education. Her research focuses on issues concerning biliteracy, language and literacy development in bilingual settings, bilingualism, issues of equity in education for language-minority students, and bilingual teacher education. Read more
community relations | cultural diversity | teaching
English language learning | Hispanic Americans | immigrants | parental involvement
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