A Call for Diverse Writers and Illustrators for Children’s Books

Have you ever had a dream of writing a children’s book or a book for young teens? Lectura Books is a bilingual (Spanish and English) publisher that specializes in publishing for Parent Involvement with English Learners. Lectura Books is dedicated to publishing culturally authentic stories for the Spanish speaking population that are meaningful in a literacy program. A good book adds … Read More

Title I & Title IV: Parent and Family Engagement & ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama in 2015, is a reauthorization of the educational standards set forth through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965. The ESSA puts into place provisions aimed at helping low-income and underprivileged children succeed in school and chief among this legislative groundwork is a sharp focus on the role … Read More

How Poverty Impacts Reading

There is much discussion about poverty these days. Nearly 22% of children, upwards of 16 million of U.S. children, live in poverty. Nearly 45% of children live in low-income families, which are above the poverty threshold, but still disadvantaged. Children of color are especially affected, with higher rates of childhood poverty among African American, Latino, and Native American families. Besides … Read More

Parents’ Literacy and Children’s Success in School

Parental involvement is the most important factor of early literacy success and scholastic achievement. When parents get involved in teaching their children to read from an early age, those children have a competitive edge. Moreover, parents can exert a strong influence in making sure their growing tweens and teens remain lifelong readers. While both parents can and should be involved … Read More

“Language for All” Program in Oregon Schools

Oregon’s “Language For All” Program Helps English Language Learners using a “Push-in” model for language instruction. A recent article in Education Post started out by saying that Oregon isn’t usually the first state you think about when talking about progress with English-language learners (ELLs). We usually think of California or Texas but there is a school district in Oregon that … Read More

English Learners Are An Asset Says Secretary of Education

In a recent video address to the National Association of Bilingual Education‘s annual conference in Chicago, Acting Secretary of Education John King said that English learners are an asset to our nation. Speaking in both English and Spanish, he also said there are many benefits in the new ESSA legislation. King said that, “Under ESSA, states have the opportunity to … Read More

Why lending libraries are important for Title I Schools

Research tells us that poverty and reading levels are closely connected. Nationally, 1st graders from low-income families have 50% smaller vocabularies than their peers from higher income families. Before they even enter school, children living in poverty face a host of challenges that their wealthier peers do not: food and housing insecurity, poor health care and unsafe environments, limited exposure … Read More

Free Teaching Tools for Teachers

Starting in April 2016, Lectura Books will be offering free teaching tools for classroom teachers. The teaching tools are designed for teachers to use with specific books published by Lectura Books, and will offer activities to accompany the theme of the books. A new teaching tool will be provided each month. Make sure to sign-up to receive our monthly teaching … Read More

Common Practices and Values of the Top 6 High Schools

A research team from the Stanford Graduate School of Education released a study last month outlining the common practices and values of the top 6 high schools responsible for having an exemplary record of graduated and career-ready ELLs. The researchers profiled 7 key elements shared by all schools that contributed to their ELL success: Passionate, strategic, mission-driven leadership. Principals, assistant principals, … Read More