Winner for Promising Practices

The Latino Family Literacy Project is a winner for Promising Practices at the 2021 Texas Statewide Parent & Family Engagement Conference.

We offer online training for school staff to implement a practical step-by-step curriculum for parent engagement. Parents need new skills, stronger participation in the school community, and family literacy support. We want to see parents and students truly engaged as lifelong learners with skills that will empower them to succeed in life and at any school system of their choice.

Culturally responsive parent engagement is a way to integrate the school staff, family culture, and academics. To ensure this is taking place at your school, your staff should be trained in cultural competency in order to provide a transformational parent program for reading, vocabulary, and ESL at your school.

Parents love attending our school-based programs because we use bilingual books in Spanish and English. Spanish-speaking parents can read with their kids in Spanish, and their kids, who are often learning English at a faster rate than their parents, can read in English and practice the new vocabulary offered at the back of each book. Together, they share literature and improve reading skills at home because parents are offered an opportunity to practice reading and build vocabulary in the parent group with other parents, led by trained school staff.

Ultimately, the key to integrating other languages and cultures into the school environment is with the parents. It is through the participation of parents at school that teachers and their students will be able to transform diversity into mutual respect and improve academics with all students.

Katherine Del MonteWinner for Promising Practices