Bilingual Education in the State of New Jersey

Bilingual Education in the State of New Jersey is required in the state’s education code.  This provision is in place to provide Bilingual Education to English Language Learners (ELLs)  and to provide information to parents in their language. Bilingual Education was established in the State of New Jersey to assist ELLs in acquiring English as a second language while gaining … Read More

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Assimilation and Language

Assimilation and Language For centuries, the word “assimilation” has been the buzzword used to describe the way immigrants adapt to their new country. It’s a word to describe the process of trying to fit into a new culture, but many Latinos who come to this country face a litany of challenges during the assimilation process, as they begin to try … Read More

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Title I and School Improvement (ESEA)

Title I and School Improvement (ESEA) Title I is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and was recently amended to Title I – Improving The Academic Achievement Of The Disadvantaged. The purpose of Title 1 is  “to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education.”  Additionally, Title 1 … Read More

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Texas and Bilingual Education

Texas and Bilingual Education Texas was one of the early pioneers in bilingual education.  In 1968, Joe Bernal, a State Representative from San Antonio, championed a new state law to remove the prohibition of bilingual education and allowed for schools to implement bilingual programs in schools throughout Texas.  Texas is one of four states that require school districts to implement … Read More

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Bilingual STEM and Family Engagement

STEM and Family Engagement STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  This term is used to group together these four academic disciplines. STEM education is important because all four disciplines are prevalent in all aspects of our lives.  The U.S. Department of Commerce states that STEM occupations are increasing at 17%, while non-STEM occupations are only growing at 9.8%. … Read More

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Reaching out to Spanish-speaking Parents in Rural Schools

Reaching out to Spanish-speaking Parents in Rural Schools Reaching out to Spanish-speaking parents has been one of the aims of educators and schools across the United States for quite a few years now.  Over 80% of all English Language Learners (ELLs) are Spanish-speaking.  With the Hispanic population steadily remaining the fastest growing segment of the population in the United States, … Read More

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October is Anti-bullying Prevention Month

October is Anti-bullying Prevention Month Every October, people from across the U.S. unite to keep our nation’s youth safe from bullying.  It is important to increase the awareness of the impact and prevalence of bullying of kids of all ages.  School administrators can offer parents and students information and educational materials regarding how everyone can help to prevent bullying.  Education … Read More

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5 Positive Parenting Strategies for Preschool Kids

5 Positive Parenting Strategies for Preschool Kids Your kids, especially, preschoolers, require a great deal of caring guidance and positive discipline.  Positive parenting strategies for preschool kids should place an emphasis on cooperation, learning, growing, and connecting together.  It is important to form a loving and respectful relationship with young kids, as the relationships formed now will be the basis … Read More

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Bridging Research and Practice with Latino Family Engagement

Bridging Research and Practice with Latino Family Engagement Family engagement has emerged as a key strategy for improving academic success over the past decade.  An ever increasing body of research has shown a positive association between parental involvement and academic achievement, as well as emotional and social development (Henderson & Mapp, 2002; Gutman & Midgley, 2000; Biag & Castrechini, 2014; … Read More

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How Parents Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Their Children

How Parents Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Their Children Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. This month long celebration begins on the 15th of the month, instead of on the 1st of the month, because it coincides with the independence days of several Latin American countries on the 15th, followed by Mexico on the … Read More

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