The Hidden Resource for School Success: Spanish-speaking parents.

Parents send their kids off to school each day, supporting the educational journey for their kids to acquire an education for a better life. But with the changing demographics in today’s America, how can Spanish-speaking parents realistically help their kids with academic success if the school work comes home in English? The Hispanic population is the fastest growing population in … Read More

Katherine Del MonteThe Hidden Resource for School Success: Spanish-speaking parents.

California’s LLCF and LCAP for local control

California’s LLCF and LCAP for local control What is the LLCF and what is LCAP? Signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, the Local Control Funding Formula (LLCF) is a new law that dramatically changes the way California school districts spends their funds on education. The new law allows school districts more authority in deciding how education dollars are spent, … Read More

Katherine Del MonteCalifornia’s LLCF and LCAP for local control

Here are Four Proven Best Practices for Family Literacy

Family literacy is an important educational goal. When we attain family literacy we ensure the academic achievement of our children. Family literacy refers to the interlocking relationship between three areas: 1) the educational levels of parents, 2) parent involvement, and 3) the success of children in school.   These areas are interrelated. Each depends on the other two to be … Read More

Katherine Del MonteHere are Four Proven Best Practices for Family Literacy

Story Time in Public Libraries Grows in Popularity

The lines are getting longer at public libraries across the country as parents and their children queue up for Story Time. According to a report in the New York Times, “Story time is drawing capacity crowds at public libraries across New York and across the country at a time when, more than ever, educators are emphasizing the importance of early … Read More

Katherine Del MonteStory Time in Public Libraries Grows in Popularity

Biliteracy Seals and Dual Language Embraced by Schools

Offering recognition for bilingual fluency is growing throughout the country. More states and school districts are helping to promote bilingualism by recognizing high school graduates who are fluent in languages other than English. According to a report in EdWeek, “Thirteen states now offer a ‘seal of biliteracy,’ and at least 10 more are working toward implementing a similar award.” California … Read More

Katherine Del MonteBiliteracy Seals and Dual Language Embraced by Schools

A New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs

A New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs Now that Parent Involvement is such a strong national focus, it is important to provide teachers with a whole new framework for Hispanic Parent Programs, if we want parents and kids to become life long readers. Harris County Department of Education formed the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE, in 1999 to mobilize … Read More

Katherine Del MonteA New Framework for Hispanic Parent Programs

What is Cultural Competence in the Classroom?

As defined by the National Education Association, cultural competence is “the ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than our own. It entails developing certain personal and interpersonal awareness and sensitivities, understanding certain bodies of cultural knowledge, and mastering a set of skills that, taken together, underlie effective cross-cultural teaching and culturally responsive teaching.” … Read More

Katherine Del MonteWhat is Cultural Competence in the Classroom?

Learning a Second Language

Learning a second language is referred to as Second Language Acquisition, and is a major undertaking in any language. How long it takes to acquire a second language will also vary from person to person, based on a variety of reasons. Kids at schools across America are learning English at faster rates than their non-English speaking parents and some kids … Read More

Katherine Del MonteLearning a Second Language

The White House Selects The Latino Family Literacy Project™ for Bright Spot in Hispanic Education

The White House announced on September 15th that The Latino Family Literacy Project™ is one of the Bright Spots in Excellence for Hispanic Education. The Project was selected because it offers a culturally relevant and bilingual approach to parent involvement for English-language learners, and promotes early learning, English-language development, home family reading routines, and college awareness. “There has been notable … Read More

Katherine Del MonteThe White House Selects The Latino Family Literacy Project™ for Bright Spot in Hispanic Education

Middle / High Parent Involvement for College Awareness

There are many ways for parents to be involved with kids in Preschool and Elementary grades, but what about when kids are in middle school and high school at the very time in their lives when their developmental age is naturally pushing their parents away? In the middle and high school years, students may be seeking more autonomy from their … Read More

Katherine Del MonteMiddle / High Parent Involvement for College Awareness