Vocabulary is Key for School Success

Vocabulary is Key for School Success Vocabulary is key for school success and, believe it or not, it starts with gesturing with kids at home. The information in the article “Children’s Early Gestures Have Important Link to School Preparedness” is quite fascinating and says that kids who convey more meanings with gestures around one year will have much larger vocabularies … Read More

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5 Things Parents Can Do to Teach Their Kids Vocabulary

5 Things Parents Can Do to Teach Their Kids Vocabulary 5 Things Parents Can Do to Teach Their Infants Vocabulary Let’s take a look at 5 things parents can do to teach their kidss vocabulary. 1) Use a bigger vocabulary. A recent study on the EZ School website says that children within a professional, higher income home are likely to … Read More

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The Top Five Tips in Welcoming Hispanic Parents to Kindergarten

The Top Five Tips in Welcoming Hispanic Parents to Kindergarten Culled from a variety of terrific educational sources, let’s look at the top five tips in welcoming Hispanic parents to kindergarten. Just ask any teacher and he or she will tell you that parental involvement is critical for a child’s success. However, according to the Boston Teachers’ Union, because parents … Read More

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The Shortage of Bilingual Teachers in California

The Shortage of Bilingual Teachers in California The shortage of bilingual teachers in California is really good news for the teaching profession and for the job market, in general. Through the passing of Prop 58 in 2016, it lifted the restrictions on bilingual education programs for the state’s English Language Learner (ELL) students, allowing school districts to develop more bilingual … Read More

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Google Collaborates for Hispanic Heritage Month

Google Collaborates for Hispanic Heritage Month with 50 organizations To kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month that begins on September 15, Google has partnered with 50 organizations to create the biggest digital collection of US Latino history, culture and art ever curated online, says the article “Google Launches Massive Digital History, Culture And Arts Project For Hispanic Heritage Month.” The huge collection, … Read More

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Title III and Parent Involvement Requirements for English Language Learners (ELL)

Title III & Parent Involvement Requirements for English Language Learners To assist in optimizing language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students, Title III and parent involvement requirements for English language learners (ELLs) has been extremely important for students, families and schools since its 2001 inception. According to the NCLR journal, the nonprofit Latino advocacy organization, while some of … Read More

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The Benefits of ESL Programs for Hispanic Parents in Schools

The Benefits of ESL Programs for Hispanic Parents in Schools The benefits of ESL programs for Hispanic parents in schools are too numerous to count. According to an article about bilingualism, though, it’s taken time for Americans to shift towards the idea that knowing one or more languages is even an advantage. Schools in the US have rounded that corner, … Read More

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College-Readiness in the Latino Community

College-Readiness in the Latino Community Schools can help tremendously with college-readiness in the Latino community, but only by understanding the unique, cultural challenges and other obstacles that Hispanic kids face. The article “Ensuring Latino Success in College and the Workforce” says it’s not that Hispanic families don’t value education, they do. What they lack, though, says the article, are the … Read More

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Back-to-School Family and Community Engagement Goals

According to the Magnet Schools of America Association (MSA), back-to-school family and community engagement goals should not be a one-time thing but instead an ingrained set of interactions, beliefs and practices, day-in and day-out, that support learning at school and at home. Studies show that when parents take an active role in their children’s learning process, they often perform better … Read More

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How is Family Literacy Different than ESL?

In a number of ways, family literacy is different than ESL. Let’s first address what ESL (English as a Second Language) means and then take a look at the term family literacy. According to the Department of Education (DOE), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) assists students whose first language is not English. It also states that all students … Read More

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