Educating Latino Boys: An Asset-Based Approach

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Corwin Press, Dec 4, 2012 - Education - 272 pages
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Bring out the best in your male Latino students!

Largely misunderstood and often underserved, Latino boys miss out on key academic opportunities that hinder their achievement and success in school and beyond. Educator David Campos, a champion of higher education for Latino boys, provides strategies to promote success for Latino boys. This book demonstrates how to:

  • Enhance engagement and achievement by addressing Latino boys' needs
  • Explore personal and school-wide beliefs to better understand how to serve this population
  • Develop strategies for motivating Latino boys to pursue higher education
  • Address challenges that Latino boys face in the home and at school
 

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Contents

Part I Framing the Scope and Purpose of the Book
1
Chapter 1 Introduction
3
Latino Boys Have Assets
7
Why Latino Is Used Rather Than Hispanic
9
Summary
12
Chapter 2 Cultural Conflict Between Latino Boys and School
13
Unfavorable Perceptions of Latino Boys
14
How Schools Fail to Meet Latino Boys Need
22
The Challenges of Poverty
112
Physical Capital
118
Human Capital
121
Cultural Capital
123
Social Capital
129
Summary
132
Chapter 6 The Balancing Act That Latino Boys Perform
133
The Challenge of Acculturating
134

Boy Behaviors That Do Not Fit With Schools Expectations
26
Boys Biological Tendencies
28
Unspoken Tenets That Embody the Boy Code
29
Making Sense of Boys in the Classroom
31
Summary
35
What Can I Do Next?
37
Part II Circumstances of Contemporary Latino Boys
41
Chapter 3 Data Trends Associated With Latino Boys
43
Demographic Trends Among Latinos in the United States
44
The Poverty Rate for Latinos Is Vexing
46
Many Latinos Speak English and Spanish
48
The Dropout Rate Among Latinos Is High
49
Latinos Are Underrepresented in College and Among Degree Earners
55
The Academic Achievement of Latino Students
56
The Significance of Teacher Quality
60
Have a Philosophy of Teaching
62
Demonstrate Content Knowledge
63
Know How to Design and Deliver Instruction
65
Know How to Nourish Students Mental Health
66
Know How to Unite the Family the School and Community Assets to Enhance Students Schooling
67
Use Culturally Responsive Practices
68
Summary
70
Chapter 4 The Cultural Background of Latino Boys
71
The Heterogeneity of the Latino Culture
72
Country of Origin
73
Length of Time Living in the United States
79
Generational Status
82
Socioeconomic Status
84
Geographic Locale
86
English Language Proficiency
89
Common Latino Cultural Values
90
Traits as an Expression of Culture
92
Respeto
94
Bien Educado
96
Familiaismo
97
Commitment to Education
100
Machismo and Marianismo
101
Summary
103
What Can I Do Next?
105
Part III Social Forces That Affect Latino Boys School Performance
109
Chapter 5 The Differing Kinds of Capital in the Lives of Latino Boys
111
The Worry Over Immigration
139
Third Culture Kids
143
The Immigration Paradox
147
The Stress of Learning English
151
Summary
160
What Can I Do Next?
161
Part IV Teachers and Schools Can Enhance Latino Boys Success
163
Chapter 7 Enhancing Latino Boys Success at School
165
Instructional Practices in the Classroom
166
Build Strong Trusting Relationships
167
Create a Warm Supportive Classroom Atmosphere
171
Structure Your Lessons for Responsive Learning
173
Talk to Them About What Is Important
182
Fostering a Positive Sense of School Attachment
184
Make Personal Connections
186
Teach How to Set Realistic and Manageable Goals
187
Develop Their Academic Skills
188
Build Relationships With Their Parents
190
Build Partnerships With the Community
195
Chapter 8 Programs for Latino Boys
197
A Few Words About Program Effectiveness
198
Programs Designed to Help Latino Youth
202
AVID
203
Campaña Quetzal
206
La Clase Mágica
207
Early Academic Outreach
209
Encuentros Leadership
210
Fathers Active in Community Education FACE
211
Gates Millennium Scholars Bridge Builders Forum
212
Project GRAD
213
The Puente Project
214
TXLEAP
215
Advocacy Organizations That Work to Empower Latinos
217
Summary
220
What Can I Do Next?
221
Final Thoughts
223
References
227
About the Author
239
Acknowledgments
241
Index
243
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David Campos began his education career more than 20 years ago when he started teaching second grade. He later entered graduate school, taught ESL, and worked in corporate training and development. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin specializing in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. His first job in academia was at Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) where he was an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. There he also served as Director of the Metropolitan Institute for Teaching and Learning and was Acting Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. After earning rank and tenure he accepted an Associate Professor of Education position at the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX). He has written three books grounded in youth sexuality: Sex, Youth, and Sex Education; Diverse Sexuality in Schools; and Understanding Gay and Lesbian Youth. And, his most recent books: Expanding Waistlines: An Educator’s Guide to Childhood Obesity and Jump Start Health! Practical Ideas to Promote Wellness to Kids of All Ages serve to educate readers about childhood health. He also co-authored a resource text and evaluation instrument for teachers of English language learners titled, Practical Ideas that Really Work for English Language Learners, and co-authored another titled Reaching Out to Latino Parents of English Language Learners. His peer-reviewed articles focus on constructivist teaching and authentic assessment by way of African American visionaries. David spends his time between San Antonio, Austin, and his parents’ lake home outside of Marble Falls, Texas.

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