The National Center of Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness and the Head Star Office has developed four practitioner or parent friendly briefs that discuss and celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity. The following is the title:
1. The Benefits of Being Bilingual
Spanish version – Las Ventajas de Ser Bilingue
2. The Gift of Language
Spanish version- El Don del Lenguage
3. Language in the Home and the Community Part 1 and http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/cultural-linguistic/docs/language-at-home-teachers.pdf
Spanish version- El Lenguaje en el Hogar y en la Comunidad Parte 1
The briefs are also available in Spanish and can be easily disseminated!
Edudemic has just posted a wonderful pictorial of the growth of bilingualism in the U.S. and the benefits of bilingualism. Click here to see if
Yesterday September 22, 2012 the Huffington Post reported on the following gains of a dual language school in California. The article entitled Education Nation: Finding Classroom Success In Bilingual Mix Of Spanish, English can be found by clicking here.
The main points of this article are the following:
1. Children learn best when they can use the mother tongue/native language as they become bilingual
2. Hispanic children/students are successful learners like ALL other students including than Anglo students!
3. Bilingual and bi-literate students has the power to gain more over the professional career
4. Bilingual and bi-literate programs support cultural diversity and prepares children to participate in a multi-cultural America
5. Investing in our students pay off despite legislation that outlaws the use of bilingual programs!
6. Dual language programs are communities that engaged all parents and have more respect for diverse cultures
7. Dual language programs prepare children for a global economy
8. Often times students in dual language programs outperform students, including Anglo and Asian students, when learning in dual language programs
9. Anglo students also outperform their peers in monolingual English only programs
Don’t we all want this for our children?
Thank you Education Nation for highlighting this very successful school.
I am happy I can be a parent, researcher, and education consultant working with dual language programs in Boston. See
Joseph J Hurley K-8 school.
What a great article on the outcomes of Latinos in our nation. This researcher from John Hopkins University shares that when looking at children over time, first generations immigrant children outperform US born students. Read more …http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/11/study-first-generation-immigrant-children-do-better-in-school-than-us-born-kids/
Great find in Pinterest– I love the one where all Latinos want everyone to learn English– really!
Free downloads on RTI and English Language Learners by Dr. Julie Esparza Brown
1. Prereferral and Instructional Strategies for English Learners
2. Practitioner Brief: A Cultural, Linguistic and Ecological Framework for Response to Intervention with English Language Learners
3. Practitioner Brief: RTI for English Language Learners: Appropriately Using Screening and Progress Monitoring Tools to Improve Instructional Outcomes
4. Placemat to Accompany Brief:
5. Webinar Archive: RTI for English Language Learners: Appropriately Using Screening and Progress Monitoring Tools to Improve Instructional Outcomes
As showcase in NPR: “NPR is dedicating the next few days to a series entitled Two Languages, Many Voices: Latinos in the U.S. about bicultural Latinos and their impact on education, technology, religion and entertainment.
I am proud to be one bilingual, bicultural educator!
Click here to read more
As a Hispanic myself, I am to happy to say, I contribute to the wonderful life of the US. Our growth is clearly also a sign that we don’t want to go home and that we will continue to grow. We want the American Dream like everyone else and we make it happen every day! To see how Latinos are represented in the US click on this link
Here is a review of one of my recent articles published in the journal Topics in Language Disorders:
Paez, M and Rinaldi, C 2007.
This article describes the word reading skills in English and Spanish for a sample of 244 Spanish-speaking, English-learning (hence, bilingual) students in first grade and presents a predictive model for English word reading skills. The children in the study were assessed at the end of kindergarten and first grade. Data were gathered with three subtests of the Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery and a researcher-developed phonological awareness task. Results showed that, on average, children’s English word reading skills were similar to monolingual norms, whereas their Spanish word reading skills averaged one standard deviation below the mean. English vocabulary, English phonological awareness, and Spanish word reading skills in kindergarten were found to be significant predictors of English word reading skills in first grade. Educational implications for screening language and reading skills and promising areas for targeted instruction for this population are discussed.
The Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior (CEBP) has a new brochure titled Positive Solutions for Families now available online. This 4-page brochure provides parents with eight practical tips they can use when their young children exhibit challenging behavior. Each tip includes a brief explanation and an example to show parents how they might use the specific approach with their own family in everyday life.
To view and download this FREE brochure please visit:
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