Beyond the Word Gap

Beyond the Word Gap Beyond the Word Gap – research on the importance of vocabulary and parent-child interaction. By now most of us are aware that there is a word gap of about 30 million words between children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and those from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. This awareness started with a research study in 2003 called “The Early … Read More

Katherine Del MonteBeyond the Word Gap

How to reach out to Hispanic Parents

How to reach out to Hispanic Parents can seem daunting if you don’t have strong relationships already with Spanish-speaking parents. The Latino Family Literacy Project™ can help teachers to understand the ins-and-outs of working with Hispanic parents at their school. But to start reaching out right away, here are three simple suggestions for teachers to consider: 1- Some parents may … Read More

Katherine Del MonteHow to reach out to Hispanic Parents

Seven Tips for Connecting with ELLS

Seven Tips for Connecting with ELLS In their book, The ESL / ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels, published by Jossey-Bass, Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski, provide concrete tips for connecting with ELL students. Here the top seven tips they offer: 1. Have regular check-ins with your students. … Read More

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Title III for English Learners

Title III programs for English Learners is funding that comes from the U.S. Department of Education to help English learners. Title III Funding for programs can include a variety of activities but the main goals are: • To promote parental and community participation in language instruction educational programs for parents and communities of Limited English Proficient (LEP) children; • To … Read More

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Early Learning Grants Provided to States – See who has already won!

Early Learning Grants provided to States throughout the USA are offered by The U.S. Department of Education and are available to states that focus on improving early learning and development programs for young children. See who has already won. These early learning grants provided to states will support the winning States’ efforts to build statewide systems for high quality early … Read More

Katherine Del MonteEarly Learning Grants Provided to States – See who has already won!

AL DÍA News: Bilingual Books Connect Latino Families

AL DÍA News By Christine Killion September 17, 2014 While dropout rates and poverty levels for Latinos have decreased in recent years, they are still more than double the rates of whites in the U.S. Katherine Del Monte wants to change that by tackling illiteracy, starting with children’s books that are written with more than kids in mind. Del Monte … Read More

Katherine Del MonteAL DÍA News: Bilingual Books Connect Latino Families

Why Bilingual Books for Parent Involvement?

The Latino Family Literacy uses award-winning bilingual books in its reading programs for parent involvement. The reason why bilingual books are so effective (in Spanish and English) is because many children are learning English and parents are often Spanish-speaking. A bilingual book will help adults to read with their children and develop English language, along with their children. See for … Read More

Katherine Del MonteWhy Bilingual Books for Parent Involvement?

Research about English Learners

Research Regarding English Learners At a recent Literacy Leadership symposium, Dr. Jana Echevarria presented on who are our English Learners today and provided research about English Learners. The Latino population leads the country in population growth over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Census reports, and Spanish is the largest second language in the United States, making Spanish-speaking … Read More

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Title I, Part A – Funding for Parent Involvement

Title I, Part A Funding for Parent Involvement can help you to increase Parent Involvement and to improve English vocabulary skills with the hispanic population, as a way to foster meaningful Parent Involvement opportunities. As indicated by the Parental Involvement provisions published by The U.S. Department of Education, the Title 1, Part A, guidelines state that parent involvement in their … Read More

Katherine Del MonteTitle I, Part A – Funding for Parent Involvement

Resources to help immigrant children and English Learners

As schools take in new English Learner students, resources and staff development will play a crucial role in how school districts adapt to their ever-changing student populations. It’s critical that educators have the appropriate language resources to help immigrant children and English Learners succeed. Currently, Federal funding requested for dealing with children arriving by the thousands from Honduras, Guatemala, and El … Read More

Katherine Del MonteResources to help immigrant children and English Learners