Alexandria, VA (07/21/11)—ASCD is proud to publish Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners, a new book by three advocates of Latino achievement and powerful voices in education, David Campos, Rocio Delgado, and Mary Esther Soto Huerta. A play-by-play strategy guide for educators, Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners offers educators the valuable insight and resources they need to break down linguistic and cultural barriers to engage Latino parents in student learning.

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Campos, Delgado, and Soto Huerta assert that it’s time for the education community to tap into parent involvement to shatter the 28 percent nationwide dropout rate for Latino students. In this new book, the authors argue that with more than 5 million new students—the majority of whom will be Latino—projected to enroll in U.S. schools by 2025, now is the time to take action.

K–12 educators of any discipline or professional level can use Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners to

*Access reproducible form letters in English and Spanish that can be used to collect valuable insight on students from the people who know them best.
*Better understand elements of Latino culture that relate closely to student learning.
*Connect with Latino websites and literature that can be used in the classroom.
*Build a campus task force that can induct Latino parents and families into the process of student learning.

Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners helps educators understand the cultural factors that contribute to the incorrect perception that Latino parents have little interest in engaging with their children’s schools. It also offers educators tools and strategies for fostering communication and knowledge sharing, and bridging the divide between school and home.

“We can advance academic growth in every student if we connect educators with the right supports and the most effective tools,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “This book provides teachers with what they need to reach out to Latino families, engaging an important group of student learning stakeholders in classroom achievement.”

About the Authors

David Campos is an associate professor of education at the University of the Incarnate World in San Antonio, Tex., and has been an educator for more than 15 years. He is also the coauthor of the book Practical Ideas That Really Work for English Language Learners.

Rocio Delgado is an assistant professor and special education program director at Trinity University in San Antonio, Tex. She has worked as a community educator, parent advisor, early intervention program assistant, and bilingual teacher in Mexico.

Mary Esther Soto Huerta is an assistant professor of culture, literacy, and language at Texas State University–San Marcos, where she teaches courses in literacy, bilingual education, and ESL in the College of Education.

To hear additional insights from the book directly from the authors, tune in to their recorded ASCD Talks with an Author interview and visit their ASCD author page. For more information about ASCD, please visit http://www.ascd.org. And to learn more about our books program or to read sample chapters from past publications, please visit http://www.ascd.org/books.

Contact Information

Julia Liapidova, communications specialist, at 1-703-575-5607 or by e-mail.

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