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Strategies for Improving the Educational Outcomes of Latinas. ERIC Digest
Latinas' educational experiences are affected by the interaction of many factors, including poverty, racism, sexual harassment, and lack of English language proficiency. With guidance from educators, Latina adolescents can make fulfilling educational choices. This digest presents a range of strategies that schools can employ to promote Latinas' academic achievement. Schools must communicate that Hispanic culture is valued and integrate it into programs and services that help ameliorate differences between school and home. Schools also must individually tailor support for Latinas and their families to accommodate their diverse needs and perspectives. School staff must communicate that all students are expected to graduate and to succeed academically, helping Latinas understand that they can value familial interdependence without subverting personal goals. Schools can facilitate Latinas' learning and increase their engagement in the school community by providing educational services needed to ensure their educational preparedness and by developing a fully multicultural curriculum. It is important for schools to: create an environment where students believe that their requests for help will be positively received; help Latinas access community health services; and facilitate parent involvement in order to increase their commitment to their children's education. (SM)
Contributor: Schwartz, Wendy Corp Author Eric Clearinghouse on Urban Education New York N. Y.
Date Published: 10-00
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