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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Brain Development in Young Kids

Brain Development in Young Kids An extraordinary amount of brain development takes place in young kids during a short period of time during early childhood. The early years of child development are a critical time for brain development, as this is the time that young kids learn an astonishing amount of skills and information that is needed to function throughout … Read More

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The NASEM Report on ELs & Parent Involvement

The NASEM Report on ELs & Parent Involvement With the new school year starting, it’s worthwhile to review the report by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued in 2017 entitled “Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures.” The key takeaways from the report include the following: Parent involvement and engagement is … Read More

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Goals for Family Engagement with English Learners

Engaging the families of English Learners (ELs) calls for goal setting. Begin by realizing that family engagement benefits all students. It leads to higher grades, higher test scores, classes passed, regular school attendance and higher graduation rates with the graduates then going on to college. Here are four goals to help you engage successfully with the families of English-Language Learners: … Read More

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Stephen Krashen’s Monitor Model for Learning Language

Stephen Krashen’s Monitor Model for Learning Language Stephen Krashen’s Monitor Model might be the most cited theory for learning a second language. This theory is quite popular, but has also received much criticism about the predictable order of grammar structures. There is so much that goes into this model for learning language, but here are the highlights: Language acquisition is … Read More

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