Innovative Curriculum to Improve Hispanic and Other Immigrant Parents’ Literacy Skills, English...

Innovative Curriculum to Improve Hispanic and Other Immigrant Parents’ Literacy Skills, English Language Acquisition



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Louisville, KY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 22, 2005–Hispanic children are the fastest growing population in public education. The challenges for the children as well as their parents are daunting.

A new tool that teaches Hispanic and other immigrant parents English and strategies for helping their children excel in school is now available.

Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English is a powerful study course created by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) with a $225,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, one of the country’s largest corporate foundations dedicated to advancing literacy and raising awareness for and supporting solutions to domestic violence.

The curriculum, designed for implementation in schools that serve Hispanic and other immigrant students, focuses on providing research-based strategies specifically to parents with children in kindergarten through third grade.

This innovative curriculum simultaneously builds parents’ English language skills as they learn strategies to support their children’s language and literacy development. Parents learn and practice new concepts in the classroom, then transfer their learning home with activities that help their children prepare for and succeed in school.

“Parental involvement in a child’s education is critical to school success. Parents who don’t speak English and don’t understand how to foster literacy development can gain those critical skills through this new curriculum,” said NCFL president and founder Sharon Darling. “Parents who participate in this curriculum will be better equipped to communicate and partner with teachers in the crucial developmental stages.”

Strategies such as building oral language skills in a family’s home language, regularly participating in shared reading and recognizing and valuing culture are among the ways parents in the curriculum are encouraged to contribute to the learning process.

The curriculum integrates English language instruction with parenting skill development in three content areas:

— Home Language & Culture

— School and culture

— Language & Literacy

English language acquisition for parents is supported through specific listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. It provides concrete interactive learning experiences that help create the bridge between school and home, with built-in transitions from classroom to home with take-home activities for parents and children.

Developers report success from national pilot schools in five major U.S. cities based on positive feedback and results received from students and teachers using the curriculum.

“I learned how to speak better with my son’s teachers, what questions to ask, how to prepare for the meetings with the teachers,” said one Providence parent.

“This curriculum has the potential to have an economic impact on many families for generations to come,” said Patrick Gaston, president of the Verizon Foundation. “From the Foundation’s perspective, this was a wise investment in getting students better prepared to capitalize on educational opportunities by providing their parents with the literacy skills they need to help their families realize their American dreams.”

Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English will be available this fall through NCFL and Delta Publishing Company.

NCFL has pioneered an educational approach that provides and supports literacy development for adults and children of all ages. For more information, visit http://www.famlit.org or call the Family Literacy InfoLine: 1-877-FAMLIT-1.

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CONTACT:

National Center for Family Literacy

Marvin Young

502-584-1133 x173

or

La Agencia de Orci PR

Norma E. Galeana

(310) 622-4661

Innovative Curriculum to Improve Hispanic and Other Immigrant Parents’ Literacy Skills, English Language Acquisition