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Creating a College Culture for Latino Students

Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies

Discover winning strategies from the nation's most outstanding college-readiness programs for Latino learners, including best practices for program design and mentoring that promote college preparation.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452257709
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: January 29, 2013

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Help your Latino students become college-bound!

You know that your Latino students face harsh odds. By the numbers, Latinos are the most underrepresented group on college campuses. How can educators guide students to overcome those barriers? This groundbreaking book has the answers you need, brought together from the nation's most outstanding college-readiness programs for Latino students.

Concha Delgado Gaitan, an award-winning professor, scholar, and first-generation Latina college graduate, shares winning strategies that work—districtwide and within your school. In this book, you'll find guidance on:

  • Creating a "college culture" in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, both within the classroom and throughout the building 
  • Working with families and community organizations to promote Latino students' school achievement and college goals
  • Best practices for coaching students, including five essentials for college preparedness

Whether you're a superintendent, principal, counselor, or classroom teacher, Creating a College Culture for Latino Students can help you make a difference in the lives of your Latino students and support them on their path to college.

"Delgado Gaitan's writing justifies the need for a comprehensive strategy starting at an early age in a child's life to ensure the dream of a college education."
—Rosemary Papa, Del and Jewell Lewis Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership
Northern Arizona University

"The inclusion of stories depicting the actual and courageous journeys that students have traveled to achieve their goal is both poignant and impressive. Of particular note, Delgado Gaitan covers the topic of college planning with parents, a critical component of the successful Latino experience."
—Carmella S. Franco, Former Superintendent and State-Appointed Trustee
Whittier, CA

Key features

(1) Provides K - 12 educators with a comprehensive guide to preparing and motivating Latino students to attend college.

(2) Based on evidence from school- and community-based college-preparedness programs that have successfully served Latino students, the book outlines the optimum conditions for college preparedness: high expectations; goal setting; taking rigorous courses; exposure to college environments from an early age; parental involvement throughout the K-12 experience; early socialization beginning in the early grades.

(3) Strong emphasis on the importance of family and community partnerships with educators.

(4) Separate chapters on elementary and secondary grades.

(5) Includes an array of case studies and personal testimony of Latino students who have been motivated to pursue higher education goals.


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Concha Delgado Gaitan

Concha Delgado Gaitan, PhD, is an award-winning ethnographic researcher and professor of sociocultural studies in education. She received the George and Louise Spindler award for her contributions to the field of Anthropology and Education from the Council of Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association. Her early career as a teacher and school principal informs her later work as a practicing anthropologist in communities and professor at the University of California, Davis. Concha has also worked in the field of public health education in Latino communities, combining that interest with her dedication to issues of social justice and education. She is a national and international speaker as well as a consultant on the numerous topics that inspire her work.

Among her many scholarly publications are her books where she presents her work as an ethnographer working with disenfranchised families and communities toward their empowerment and extending practical lessons to educators: (1) The Power of Community, (2) Protean Literacy, (3) Crossing Cultural Borders, (4) Literacy for Empowerment, (5) School and Society, (6) Involving Latino Families in the School, (7) Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms, and this most current one (8) Creating a College Culture for Latino Students. In a different book, Prickly Cactus, she turns the lenses inward to look at the role of family and community in her life during a time of major health crisis. Concha works and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband Dudley Thompson. For more information, please go to www.conchadelgadogaitan.com or contact Concha at concha@conchadg.com.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author

1. Introduction

2. Influences in Getting Latinos to College

Geographic, Cultural and Socioeconomic Conditions

Major Hurdles

3. Promising Educational Practices

Crafting a College Culture to Socialize Students for College

Framing Culture Through Action Research

4. Talking College in Elementary School

Supportive Relationships in the School Setting

Building College Culture Relationships Between Family and School

Practical Strategies for Elementary Grade Educators

5. College Readiness in Middle and Secondary School

Developing Study Habits and Academic Language

Parent/School/Community Partnerships

Transition from Middle to High School

Best Practices for Educators

6. Features and Activities of Successful Programs

Guidelines for Successful Academic Programs for Latinos

Effective Programs

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

Upward Bound

College Track

East Bay Consortium

Best Practices for Creating College Culture in Schools

7. Collaborations and Partnerships

Hidalgo Independent Schools: A School District Success Story

Creating a K-12 College Going Culture in HISD

The Families' Role

Puente Program

Gear Up Program

Best Practices for Educators

8. College Planning With Parents

5 "Cs" of Family Engagement

Parents Want to Know

Partnering With Families and Communities

Best Practices for Successful Teacher and Parent Partnerships

9. Students Navigating the College Culture

Enduring Social and Emotional Character

Support Systems From Early to High School Years

10. Sites for Educators, Students, and Families

Resources for Creating a College Culture in Schools

Resources for Informing Students and Families

Information About Latinos in College

Financial Resources





Price: $39.95
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