The Culture, Values, and Behaviors of the Latino Community

The Latino community is as diverse and wide-ranging as any other and has grown to become the second largest in the United States. When we analyze this population by culture, values, and behaviors, the first thing that is evident is the emphasis on family and community. Latinos, particularly immigrant families, often have traditional norms when it comes to familial structure … Read More

The Power of Books in the Home

Books are the foundation for education, not just for their value as sources of information, but for the vital purpose they serve in introducing children to the fundamentals of communication and literacy. When a child is provided with access to books and reading materials that are age-appropriate, he or she picks up skills for literacy much quicker and it keeps … Read More

The Fate of English Learners in California

The Every Student Succeeds Act is a new set of federal mandates that bring a decrease in government intervention in the testing requirements for students in grades K-12. But one area where the recent legislation provides an increased role is through the progress of English Learners in the public school system. The ESSA comes with provisions that broaden the expectations … Read More

The Magic of Words

Words are powerful! The number of words that a child learns appears to be connected to socioeconomic influences. There has been a long standing concern over the vocabulary gap that exists between first graders who come from lower socioeconomic families, and children who are from middle class or wealthy class backgrounds. The issue stems from the size of the vocabulary … Read More

High School Dropout Rates Decline for Hispanic Students

The high school dropout rate among Hispanics has seen a steady decline since 1990. Even a delineation between gender, income level, and years of school completed prior to dropout has shown decreases across the board in the trends for Hispanics deciding not to finish high school or pursue college enrollment. The numbers are actually quite encouraging, starting at a 12.1% … Read More

The Importance of Language for Latino Identity

Latino identity is complex and the more people you ask about defining that identity, the more unique and varied the answers will be. Some would tell you there is an identity crisis among the Hispanic and Latino communities. That’s right, both terms are valid because, while “Latino” and “Hispanic” are often used to describe the same ethnic group, the members … Read More

What is LCAP in California?

What is LCAP in California? LCAP Funding in California? We’ve been hearing a lot about LCAP in California. It stands for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. These plans represent a big change in how California manages its school finances. To understand LCAP, you need to know another acronym: LCFF, which stands for Local Control Funding Formula. LCAPs are the … Read More

How Culturally Familiar Books Foster Reading with Hispanic Parents

Children connect with stories and themes that they know. If something is recognizable to them in a book, they will often relate to it in a way that draws similarities to the people and events in their own lives. Through this familiarity, reading becomes more enjoyable and serves a stronger purpose towards promoting successful literacy outcomes. Teachers who work with … Read More

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

From September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as a way to acknowledge the significance of the Hispanic and Latino American cultures in the United States. This month is a time to recognize and reflect on the many valuable and lasting contributions of each rich heritage and the influence they represent on the American way of life. … Read More

Rural Poverty in the United States

Poverty, unemployment, and food insecurity are serious concerns throughout the country, but these rates are much higher in the rural regions of the United States than in urban sectors. The reasons are succinct and relentless, starting with lower education levels and higher rates of both unemployment and underemployment resulting in 17% of rural households unsure where their next meal is … Read More