This book is a comprehensive guide for educators and policy makers who are ready to create schools for Latinos (particularly Mexican Americans), such that students will be successful in learning and achieving in K-12 grades and college and help to advance society in the 21st century. The contents address how to redefine schools for a new century and goes well beyond school reform. It speaks to educators on adopting a positive mindset, one that sees Latinos with assets, not deficits and on expanding the school's purpose to serve not just students but the local community. The author also emphasizes how to gain better understanding about Latino students and families, to lose stereotypic thinking, to engage families and local community resources in a more productive way, to gather information and help evaluate school/program effectiveness (and not just testing students on standardized test), and how schools can help themselves develop much needed financial and human resources.
Dr. Leonard A. Valverde is a professor emeritus from Arizona State University. His 45 years in education spans over both K-12 public schools, higher education, two-year colleges, and undergraduate/graduate level universities. He has focused on teaching, supervision of instruction, and administration, covering both national and international study.
Foreword by Baltazar Acevedo, Jr. Preface: U.S. Future Success Based on Latino Student Success Acknowledgements Part I: Creating Anew Chapter 1: The 21st Century, Latinos and Education Chapter 2: A School Suited for Its Estudiantes and Community Part II: New Organization to Meet the Greater Demand/Needs Chapter 3: Building Capacity and Creating Flexibility Chapter 4: Generating More Resources: Human Capital and Funding Part III: Inserting Hope, Welcoming Campuses and Enriching Communities Chapter 5: A School Filled with Caring Adults Fostering Learning and Growth Chapter 6: Teachers: Reducing Biases to Get Better Student Learning by Patricia Guerra Part IV: Programmatic Efforts Designed Specifically for Latino Students Chapter 7: Special Education Programs that Work for and Not Against English Languag Learners by Shernaz B. Garcia Chapter 8: Gifted Programs (grades K-8) and College Prep (grades 9-12) Part V: Evaluation, Governance and Leadership Chapter 9: Assessment for Human Development and Reinvention Chapter 10: Holding True to Student Life Success and Community Development Postscript Adelante (Onward) References Index About the Authors