Quality Education for Latinos and Latinas: Print and Oral Skills for All Students, K–College

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Social Science - 239 pages
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As educators and legislators across the country debate how to improve public schools, the most vital factor often disappears from the equation—the relationship between the teacher and the student. According to veteran educators Rita and Marco Portales, this relationship is the central issue in the education of students, especially Latino/a students who often face serious barriers to school success because of the legacy of racism, insufficient English-language skills, and cultural differences with the educational establishment.

To break down these barriers and help Latino/a students acquire a quality education, the Portaleses focus attention on the teacher-student relationship and offer a proven method that teachers can use to strengthen the print and oral skills of their students. They begin by analyzing the reasons why schools too often fail to educate Latino/a students, using eloquent comments from young Latinos/as and their parents to confirm how important the teacher-student relationship is to the student's success. Then they show how all educational stakeholders—teachers, administrators, state education agencies, legislators, and parents—can work together to facilitate the teacher-student relationship and improve student education. By demonstrating how teachers can improve students' reading, critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills across the curriculum, they argue that learning can be made more relevant for students, keeping their interest levels high while preparing them for academically competitive colleges.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Education and Latino and Latina Students Today
7
Thinking about Our SpanishSpeaking Students in the Schools
9
Latino and Latina Students and the Schools We Could Create
19
But Our Education Systems Are Distended
40
Why Students Drop Out
52
A Mexican American Mother Who Will Not Visit School
70
The Tribal Mentality and Favoritism
76
Understanding and Educating all Students
128
The Four K 16 Cultures
136
A Print and Oral Approach
143
Emphasizing All Print and Oral Skills
145
Blueprint for Reinstating Social Values and Civic Virtues
162
A Print and Oral Approach that Champions the Importance of Clauses
166
A Third Dimension to Words Choreographing Writing
177
CONCLUSION
185

Crime and Properly Funded Schools
89
How to Repair an Education System
101
Teachers Administrators Board Members State Education Agencies Legislators and Taxpayers Which is the Most Important Group?
103
The K 12 School District Team
112
Teachers and Students in the Classroom
116
Quality Education and the Teachers in the Classroom
187
Notes
191
Bibliography
211
Index
217
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RITA AND MARCO PORTALES each have over thirty years of teaching experience. Rita Portales has taught in the public schools of New York, California, and Texas. Currently she is an ESL Instructional Specialist at a middle school and a Student Teacher Supervisor for the College of Education at Texas A&M University.

Marco Portales is Professor of English at Texas A&M University and has also held faculty appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Houston–Clear Lake. This book is the third of his “Latino trilogy,” the previous volumes being Crowding Out Latinos and Latino Sun, Rising.

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