Sunday, April 20, 2008

Improving Latino Education

I can recommend a book which should be of interest to librarians who serve areas with Latinos in their communities:

Valverde, Leonard A. (2006). Improving Schools for Latinos: Creating Better Learning Environments. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. ISBN-13: 978-1-57886-489-8

This book lays out the groundwork on approaches to improving schools for Latino children from a positive viewpoint. For anyone who has no idea where to begin in helping Latino students succeed in schools, this book would be a great start. The writing is clear, organized, and should be understandable by readers who are not school teachers or school administrators (i.e. community members, parents, and librarians). The book closes with an extensive list of resources for more information and how to find funding for projects. Most importantly, though, is this book points out how many different groups of people would benefit if education for Latinos could be improved. Besides the students themselves, native English-speaking children, parents, teachers, schools, communities, employers in businesses, and indirectly taxpayers could all benefit if the ideas put forth by Dr. Valverde became reality.

--Kay Shelton

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