In spite of the huge differences in levels of acculturation, English proficiency, Spanish proficiency, current academic success, family academic background, family support, etc., the following commonality emerged: Great entrenchment and appreciation for being in the United States and a strong determination to ser alguien en la vida, that is, to be somebody in life. Dr. Lourdes Ferrer
The number of foreign-born residents has tripled in the past 30 years and Hispanic is the fastest growing immigration group. During the past 10 years the rate of growth for ELL students has increased by 65% compared to 9% of total K-12 enrollment Did you know that…
Most Hispanics are recruited by industries seeking low-skilled/low-wage labor. Two-thirds of Hispanics live in poverty despite earning more money than in their native countries. The Hispanic youth is the most under- educated major segment of the U.S. population. Continued… By 2030, Hispanic students will comprise one-fourth of the total K-12 population.
Hispanics have the highest drop-out rate in the United States. The involvement of minority parents is decreasing. The lack of Hispanic parental involvement added to a reserved and non-confrontational manner is being perceived as lack of care about their childrens education. Continued…
We need to build bridges to cross generational, academic, linguistic, educational and cultural gaps that exists between the Hispanic community and the American Educational System and within many Hispanic families across the nation. Dr. Lourdes Ferrer
Improved student achievement Better school attendance Better school/classroom discipline Reduced dropout rates Greater self-esteem and self-confidence Greater conduciveness to learning school culture What are the benefits of parental involvement?
According to research, these improvements occur regardless of the economic, racial, or cultural background of the family.
How is the DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE) responding? Navigating the American Educational System A curricular and training program
1.Understanding Hispanic Culture 2.Adult Education and Hispanic Learners 3.Public Speaking and Hispanic Audience 4.School Reform in America 5.Hispanic Trends and Issues in U.S. 6.Parental Involvement Continued…
What is included in the facilitators curriculum? Eight Video Scripts - 4 in English and 4 in Spanish Four Top-Quality Spanish Videos – One for every Parent Seminar Four Power Point Presentations – One for every Parent Seminar Sample of Certificate of Participation for Parents
Continued… Sample of Letter of Invitation for Parents Six Power Point Presentations- 1 for every topic covered during the facilitators training Literature Review for Every Topic Covered in the Facilitators Training
Seminar One will provide Hispanic parents with an understanding of the role of education in the American society and enable these parents to identify and discuss appropriate parental involvement that may improve the academic performance of their children. What does the parent curricular program covers?
Seminar Two will enable Spanish- speaking parents to identify and explain how to communicate with school personnel so that these parents can initiate and maintain successful school experiences. Continued…
Seminar Three will empower Spanish-speaking parents to identify and utilize strategies to maximize their childrens academic potential. This includes topics like managing homework, developing reading skills and planning for post- secondary training or education. Continued…
Seminar Four provides Spanish- speaking parents with the ability to recognize problems and develop strategies for dealing with specific issues which Hispanic students may face as hindrances to their academic success. Continued…
The most important and difficult assignment is aligning parents frame of reference with that of their students teachers. It will assert strategies not commonly used in todays school reform initiatives. Changing parents frame of reference or life paradigm will require changing their beliefs, attitudes and perceptions about themselves and the world around them. This endeavor will require planned persuasive communication, transformational experiences, mentoring and exposure to role models. Parents with a non- conducive to academic success frame of reference will need not only the desire but also the drive to overcome challenges to reach the level of parent proficiency that will allow them to monitor their childrens education. If that happens, everybody wins. Dr. Lourdes Ferrer Helping parents help their kids…
Thank you for all that YOU do on behalf of children! Helping parents help their kids… Dr. Darlene Ruscitti Regional Superintendent of Schools