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Latino Educators & Friends aims to share dreams, issues, challenges and, best of all, stories related to the unique perspectives that Latino educators and students bring to schools today.

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    • Yara_Graupera

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    • Nora_Fabela

    • Carmelo_Arbona

    • Mariel_Amez

    • Tim_Ito

    • Maria_Barbosa

    • Maria_Molina

    • Annette_Freeman

    • Genevieve_Konecnik

    • Walter_McKenzie

    • Thad_Behrens

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    • A Picture Walk (The Language-Rich Classroom)

    • Get Students "wondering" before you introduce a new content chapter, unit or story.  Do a picture walk and increase engagement dramatically!  "When [teachers] started experimenting with CHATS strategies, they saw instant reults, in terms of students' understanding and engagement.  That enthusiasm just propelled them forward into trying out other strategies... They're able to reach kids that they didn't know how to reach before.  Teachers are feeling empowered" (Dr. Janette Hewitt, Principal, Washington Elementary School).     The Language-Rich Classroom: A research-based framework for teaching English language learners, introduces a 5-part framework toward better teaching, better learning, and bridging the achievement gap (Persida & William Himmele, ASCD, 2009).

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  • If I were principal, I'd take extra special care in hiring a school secretary. And, -smiling and greeting- would be just as important in that job description as organizational skills. Why? The school secretaries play a critical role in Latino parents feeling welcomed in the school.
    Persida_Himmele1, 4 years ago| Flag
  • If I were a principal, I would first want my teachers to understand that they need to embrace the culture and language of Latino students in order to begin the learning process. Without the physical and emotional needs met in the hierarchy, learning cannot take place. Hi everyone I was so excited to find out there is a Latino group!!!! I am an educational consultant with ASCD and I am part of the Differentiated Instruction cadre under Carol Ann Tomlinson. I look forward to chatting with everyone!
    Maria_Molina, 4 years ago| Flag
  • Hi, I'm from Puerto Rico where I teach English at various universities. Many students are second and third generation Latinos who have returned to Puerto Rico. Many others are planning to go to the States to continue their post-grad studies. I look forward to sharing with the group.
    Carmelo_Arbona, 4 years ago| Flag
  • If I were Principal, I would locate and invite Latino/Latina role models for student assemblies (do they still hold those?). I would ask those role models to speak on the ways education helped contribute to their success.
    Ana_Gipe, 4 years ago| Flag
  • If I were Principal I would provide PD on how to embedd the non-content academic words into the day---words such as "predicts", or "therefore," or "incremental." Teaching these words would help close the gap between Ells and native English-speakers.
    Yara_Graupera, 4 years ago| Flag

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