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New resources for teachers, parents of Latino students

North Carolina is among the states experiencing the highest growth rate of the expanding Latino population in the United States. This change is having a great impact on our schools, creating a need for educators to learn more about Latino students and for Latino parents to learn more about schools in this country. The School of Education has produced two new resources to address these needs ─ an educators’ handbook on CD and a parent guide in Spanish.

CD cover

The educators’ manual, The Handbook for Educators Who Work with Children of Mexican Origin, is presented electronically on an easy-to-navigate compact disc (CD). According to the jacket, its goal is “to encourage school administrators, school board members, teachers, counselors and social workers to discover how they can better address the learning needs of this expanding group of children and young adults in their schools.” 

The CD describes the educational background of Mexican-born children and their American-born siblings, the Mexican educational system, the geography and history of Mexico, cultural differences between Mexico and the United States, and Mexican customs and traditions. It also provides information about the Binational Program, which developed report cards to be used by educators on both sides of the border to facilitate students’ transitions from one country to the other. The CD includes a variety of resources including copies of forms and documents, links to useful Web sites and a list of acronyms and abbreviations.            

CD Handbook

The 23-page parent guide, published in Spanish, is titled Mis hijos van a la escuela en Carolina del Norte: Guía sobre las Escuelas Primarias (My Children Are Going to School in North Carolina: A Guide About Primary Schools). On the title page the authors express their hope that the guide will “help Latino parents better grasp how schools function in North Carolina and be encouraged to participate more fully in the academic and school lives of their children.” 

The guide is intended for immigrant parents from Spanish-speaking countries who are sending their children to public elementary schools in North Carolina.  In its 18 sections, the guide discusses a wide variety of topics including the enrollment process, the N.C. educational system, parents’ rights, customs and practices in American schools, expectations and language differences. 

For more information about these resources or to request a copy, contact the School of Education’s Research Triangle Schools Partnership at rwinters@email.unc.edu or (919) 966-8000.