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Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners

David Campos, Rocio Delgado, & Mary Esther Soto Huerta
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As of July 2005, Latinos were the largest minority group in the United States. The U.S. government projects that by the year 2050, the Latino population in the country will reach 102.6 million, with one in four Americans being of Latino origin. Latino students make up the majority of English Learners (ELs, also referred to as English Language Learners, or ELLs).

With more Latino students, including English learners, in U.S. classrooms than ever before, it is important for teachers and administrators to become knowledgeable about and skillful in working with these students and their parents. All students are entitled to a fair and equal opportunity to learn; however, at present, Latino ELs are often left behind, as evidenced by the following statistics:

  • Latinos have the highest dropout rate nationwide—28 percent, which is double the rate of African Americans and four times that of their white peers.                
  • Only 11 percent of Latinos 25 or older have a bachelor's degree. Forty percent of Latino adults have not completed high school, and one out of four has less than a 9th grade education.
  • Latinos have low rates of enrollment in college-preparatory courses; fewer than half attend schools that offer such courses.
  • Studies reveal a significant gap (more than 20 percentage points) on high-stakes reading and math tests between Latinos and their white counterparts, for all age groups.
  • Many Latino students live in poverty, which hinders academic achievement in multiple ways.

Despite these grim statistics, the authors believe that there is much that teachers can do to counter the social and economic barriers Latino youth encounter throughout their schooling. This, however, requires that more teachers understand the Latino culture.

In Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners, authors David Campos, Rocio Delgado and Mary Esther Soto Huerta—who are of Mexican heritage, are English learners, and teachers—share their firsthand knowledge about the Latino culture to help non-Latino teachers better understand the culture and communicate more effectively with students and their parents. They offer proven strategies for engaging, building trust, and strengthening existing partnerships with Latino parents.

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