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Creating a College Culture for Latino Students
Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies



March 2013 | 192 pages | Corwin
The mission statement of the Common Core State Standards couldn't be any clearer inádescribing expectations foráthe education ofáour nation's youth.The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.In the 21st century, a high school diploma without further education provides limited options for young adults: high school graduates currently have an unemployment rate of 32% -- approximately twice that of college graduates.á According to research conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, despite recent increases inácollege attendanceáratesáfor Latino students (in 2010, approximately 32% of total college enrollmentsáin two and four schools), their numbers are low in comparison to Whites (43%), Asians (62%), and Blacks (38%).á Not surprisingly,áthe rates are muchálower foráchildren born into households in which parents or guardians weren't college-educated.á When we take into consideration the fact that Latinos are the fastest-growingádemographic in the U.S., the implications foráglobal competitiveness (not to mention the human toll of so much unrealized promise) are quite alarming.The proposed book provides teachers and educational leaders with a guide toácreating conditions in schools that are conducive to Latino students having access to higher education and --áby extension -- promising futures.á The author bases her recommendations on lessons learned fromásuccessful college bound programs in public schools, the non-profit sector, and recognized charter schools, as well asáa substantial body of quality research on Latino students and their families.áThe heart of the book builds on the premise that effective academic and social support practices intertwine with increased expectations, successfully leading underrepresented Latino students to college. Social capital builds the value, connectedness, and motivation of cultural, emotional, informational and instrumental networks that undergird studentsÆ readiness and aptitude to pursue a path to college.áá
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Influences in Getting Latinos to College
Geographic, Cultural and Socioeconomic Conditions

 
Major Hurdles

 
 
3. Promising Educational Practices
Crafting a College Culture to Socialize Students for College

 
Framing Culture Through Action Research

 
 
4. Talking College in Elementary School
Supportive Relationships in the School Setting

 
Building College Culture Relationships Between Family and School

 
Practical Strategies for Elementary Grade Educators

 
 
5. College Readiness in Middle and Secondary School
Developing Study Habits and Academic Language

 
Parent/School/Community Partnerships

 
Transition from Middle to High School

 
Best Practices for Educators

 
 
6. Features and Activities of Successful Programs
Guidelines for Successful Academic Programs for Latinos

 
Effective Programs

 
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

 
Upward Bound

 
College Track

 
East Bay Consortium

 
Best Practices for Creating College Culture in Schools

 
 
7. Collaborations and Partnerships
Hidalgo Independent Schools: A School District Success Story

 
Creating a K-12 College Going Culture in HISD

 
The Families' Role

 
Puente Program

 
Gear Up Program

 
Best Practices for Educators

 
 
8. College Planning With Parents
5 "Cs" of Family Engagement

 
Parents Want to Know

 
Partnering With Families and Communities

 
Best Practices for Successful Teacher and Parent Partnerships

 
 
9. Students Navigating the College Culture
Enduring Social and Emotional Character

 
Support Systems From Early to High School Years

 
 
10. Sites for Educators, Students, and Families
Resources for Creating a College Culture in Schools

 
Resources for Informing Students and Families

 
Information About Latinos in College

 
Financial Resources

 
 
References
 
Index

“This book has affirmed that there is much work to be done to equalize the playing field for Latino students in Education. I am very excited that this topic has been researched and that this information will be available for educators and parents. In a time where the Latino population is quickly becoming a majority, we need to make sure that this majority is educated and capable of fulfilling their role in American society. We need to ensure that Latinos also have an equal opportunity to be educated and employed in the future.”

Nelia Correa-Patrick, Teacher
Walsh Middle School, Framingham, MA

“As a parent of a Latina adolescent, it is validating to read about college readiness through a strength-based perspective of the Latino culture. Our young people deserve a chance and this book will help them succeed.”

Sara Hamerla, ESL Teacher
Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, MA

“This resource book provides practical strategies to build a college culture for Latino and minority students. By engaging its readers with compelling narratives from students, parents, and educators in addition to real examples of success, district and school administrators will be inspired to create a change in their school and district cultures.”

Margaret Adams, Director of Language, Literacy, and Title I
Malden Public Schools, Malden, MA

Creating a College Culture for Latino Students makes an important contribution to educational literature on student access and success. The author is persuasive in describing why Latinos and/or poorer students need curricular and other supports beginning in elementary school to make the cultural goal of college explicit and feasible. This book is especially important in the breadth of its presentation of Latino students and the types of programming that have been helpful to this diverse student population in elementary, middle, and high school programs.”

Laurie Zucker-Conde, ELL Coordinator
Bedford Public Schools, Bedford, MA

"A reader of this book need look no further than Dr. Delgado Gaitan's own story to understand the challenges, struggles, and the ultimate joy of accomplishment faced by Latinos in their quest for a college degree. Dr. Delgado Gaitan's writing justifies the need for a comprehensive strategy starting at an early age in a child's life to enhance the dream of a college education. She emphasizes the culture of the path to college that continues once admission is obtained. Recognizing that getting to college is only the first step, she eloquently speaks to the culture needed for completion- leaving home, positive self-appraisal, confidence, and utilization of available resources (financial aid, support groups, study skills, etc.)."

Rosemary Papa, Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

"Concha Delgado Gaitan addresses one of the most challenging equity issues facing educators today, college and career readiness, a key goal of the Common Core State Standards, and, in this case, Latino student access to college. Creating a College Culture for Latino Students’ is a must read for every K-12 educator, for parents, and for anyone in a position to influence Latino students to attend college. The inclusion of stories depicting the actual and courageous journeys that students have traveled to achieve their goal is both poignant and impressive. Of particular note, Delgado Gaitan covers the topic of college planning with parents, a critical component of the successful Latino experience. The future of our country is dependent on its Latino students achieving the American dream of college, and this book not only lays out the background, but offers concrete steps, recommendations, and resources for making this dream a reality."

Dr. Carmella S. Franco, Former Superintendent and State-Appointed Trustee
Whittier, CA

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Concha Delgado Gaitan

Concha Delgado Gaitan, PhD, is an award-winning ethnographic researcher and professor of sociocultural studies in education. She received the George and Louise Spindler award for her contributions to the field of Anthropology and Education from the Council of Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association. Her early career as a teacher and school principal informs her later work as a practicing anthropologist in communities and professor at the University of California, Davis. Concha has also worked in the field of public health education in Latino communities, combining that interest with her dedication to issues... More About Author

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