Avoiding the Obstacles to Parent Involvement

Avoiding the Obstacles to Parent Involvement – Helpful Resources When it comes to providing a good Parent Involvement program at your school, you may be faced with many obstacles. To start with, which languages are spoken at your school by the parents of the children who attend your school? There may be many languages, so where do you start? Here … Read More

Illinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners

Illinois Has Surge in Spanish Speaking English Learners Over the past few years, Illinois has experienced a surge in the number of English Learners enrolled in public schools. In an analysis of Illinois’ Latino Demographic by Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, a PhD Research and Policy Analyst for the Latino Policy Forum, the state has experienced a 25% increase of English Language Learners from 2004 … Read More

How Long Does it Take English Language Learners to Acquire English?

How Long Does it Take English Language Learners to Acquire English? When it comes to English language learners (ELL), a common question is how long do they need special services? According to a recent study conducted by Stanford University, in two California districts that are considered the most successful in teaching English to “limited English proficiency” (LEP) students, oral proficiency … Read More

Too Small to Fail Early Literacy Campaign

Too Small to Fail Early Literacy Campaign – Doctors Deliver the Message The national Too Small to Fail Early-Literacy Campaign has enlisted the support of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which means that doctors are now part of this effort to help parents take substantive action to improve the academic success of their children in the 21st century. As reported … Read More

Creating an Anti-bullying Policy at Schools

Does Your School Have an Anti-Bullying Policy? Creating a safe and healthy school environment is a daily, ongoing process. In today’s schools, one of the most important steps toward having a safe and welcoming school setting, is to have an anti-bullying policy in place. All states have either anti-bullying laws or policies. Some have both. In 49 states, bullying is … Read More

English Learners in the United States – a Breakdown

The Spanish language is the second most spoken language in the United States after English. There are more Spanish speakers in the U.S. than there are speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined. And analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey by the Pew Research Center found that a record 37.6 million people ages … Read More

Building Home Libraries for English Learners

One of the services provided by The Latino Family Literacy Project™ and Lectura books is to work with schools to build lending libraries for Pre-K, elementary, middle and high schools. The service includes the selection packaging, shipping of the library based on the needs of your school. For example, for Pre-K, we review English-language and bilingual books from a wide … Read More

Summer Reading and Activities with English Learners

Are you looking for books for English Learners to keep kids reading all summer long? Below is a list of bilingual books to help Spanish speaking kids develop their interest in reading and also learn English at the same time. Many bilingual books can be turned into activities for kids to do with their parents, so that their parents also … Read More

The Secret Lives of Bilingual Books on Huff Post

As published on Huffington Post March 31, 2015 Many Americans are familiar with well-known mainstream children’s books such as the Dr. Seuss series, Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. But what about Americans who come from another culture, speak another language or are bilingual? What children’s books are there for them and their families? This group, until recently, … Read More

How to Involve Latino Parents in the School-Going Culture

How to Involve Latino Parents in the School-Going Culture The key is to be cost-effective and specific in your efforts. You know there is a big gap in the test scores of Latino children and their counterparts. And you know that you must involve parents to help close this gap. All of your parent involvement efforts must be very specific … Read More