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Marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of resources for Latino family engagement
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As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Harvard Family Research Project has delved into its archives and pulled out a collection of research pieces, teaching tools, and program practices from Hispanic/Latino educators and their colleagues. These resources can yield insights for practitioners at a variety of levels as they work with families to promote pathways to college for Latino students. 

Promoting Family Engagement in Early Childhood

Practices that build on cultural traditions and apply research-based findings can engage families in young children's language and literacy development.

  • Parents as Agents of Change, by Sandra Gutierrez
  • Young Latino Infants and Families: Parental Involvement Implications from a Recent National Study, by Michael L. Lopez, Sandra Barrueco, Erika Feinauer, Jonathan C. Miles

Guidance and Advocacy in the School Years

Families can be powerful agents of change in their children's learning through their "funds of knowledge" and advocacy efforts.

  • Math and Parent Partnerships in the Southwest (MAPPS)
, by Marta Civil
  • Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)
  • Faith-Based Organizing for School Improvement in the Texas Borderlands: A Case Study of the Alliance School Initiative, by Timothy Quezada

Shared Responsibility on the Pathway to College

Innovative programs and teacher training practices build the capacity of educators and families to partner in meaningful ways.

  • Bridging Multiple Worlds: Building Pathways From Childhood to College, by Catherine R. Cooper, Gabriela Chavira, Dawn Mikolyski, Dolores Mena, Elizabeth Dom
  • Teaching Future Educators and Families: Helping Maximize Children's Learning, by
Pérsida Himmele
  • Making a Decision About College: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, by 
Lad Dell, Concha Delgado Gaitan, Irina L.G. Todorova

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