2020: Celebrating 20 Years of Service and 20 States Strong

It’s 2020 and truly a time for us to celebrate. We have been training schools and district staff for parent engagement since 2000. That’s 20 years of dedicated service. We are also 20 states strong with our programs being used in schools all across the country from California to Texas to New Jersey to North Carolina to Washington plus 15 … Read More

alex perez2020: Celebrating 20 Years of Service and 20 States Strong

Raising a Bilingual Child

Raising a Bilingual Child Helping a child to learn two or more languages is the greatest gift a parent can ever give them.  Bilingualism facilitates communication with family members and others. It is good for healthy brain functionality, and it is an asset in adulthood when seeking employment.  Nowadays, we see more and more parents making an effort to raise … Read More

alex perezRaising a Bilingual Child

Testimonials from Spanish-Speaking Parents About School Involvement

Testimonials from Spanish-speaking Parents Reaching out to Hispanic parents can be quite challenging for a variety of reasons.  Some of those reasons include a lack of familiarity with the education system in the United States, limited English skills, insufficient exposure to mainstream American culture, lack of education, and scarcity in time.  For example, in some countries, parents are not accustomed … Read More

alex perezTestimonials from Spanish-Speaking Parents About School Involvement

Evaluating Parent and Family Engagement

For those with little to no experience with research, all forms of research seem to be the same.  However, there are two different forms of research that experienced individuals delve into – qualitative research and quantitative research.  There are various aspects that differ in both types of research, and there are some topics that are easier to research using one … Read More

alex perezEvaluating Parent and Family Engagement

Second Language Acquisition Theory of James Cummins

We continue our examination of some of the more groundbreaking and essential theories on the subject of second language acquisition with the work of James Cummins. He believed that there are marked differences between social interaction and academic teaching as a method for acquiring and comprehending a second language. His theory can be broken down into two different aspects that … Read More

alex perezSecond Language Acquisition Theory of James Cummins

Telling One’s Own Story Changes Lives in Family Literacy

Every culture has its own characteristics that make it unique.  It is important for people to share their story, so that they can connect to others and feel less separate from others. This is particularly useful with immigrant families who have uprooted their lives to change their predicaments for the next generation.  For instance, if a newly arrived family from … Read More

alex perezTelling One’s Own Story Changes Lives in Family Literacy

Latest Research from Our Partnership with the University of North Texas

Three years ago, we embarked on a partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) and its College of Education for Project SUCCESS. Under a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, The Latino Family Literacy Project became the training arm of Project SUCCESS in Language and Literacy Instruction: A Title III National Professional Development Program. We have been … Read More

alex perezLatest Research from Our Partnership with the University of North Texas

Research about Latino Parent Involvement in Schools

Research about Latino Parent Involvement in Schools Parent involvement in schools has long been regarded as a contributing factor of academic success.  Although a great deal of research has been conducted regarding parental involvement, there has been a lack of research that focuses on Latino perceptions on the topic.   Organizations such as the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) have … Read More

alex perezResearch about Latino Parent Involvement in Schools

Parent Engagement to Support Language Arts in First and Second Language

Language arts in first and second languages play an important role in the academic success of English Language Learners (ELLs). That is why it is so important to encourage parent engagement; so that parents can help their children learn and strengthen their first language. With the skills in place from their first language, ELLs can then learn their second language at a … Read More

alex perezParent Engagement to Support Language Arts in First and Second Language

Primary Language Supports New Language

Today, English Language Learners (ELLs) account for 9.5% of students enrolled in U.S. public schools. That means nearly 5 million students in our school system are ELLs. This number continues to grow, therefore this is an important issue that school administrators and teachers must address when preparing their lesson plans. This is where bilingual education, which utilizes students’ primary language comes … Read More

alex perezPrimary Language Supports New Language