"I am really satisfied with the service-learning project titled Promoting Literacy Among Hispanic Migrant Population that I have chosen to do. So everything is underway and starting to come together. I think the project will really benefit my school and community! I am so excited about it and I feel I am doing something worth while with my time spent on it."
-- Katie Allred, Master Teacher Program Candidate
" Leyendo Juntos/Reading Together” is community engagement program that brings together Hispanic/Latino college students and Hispanic/Latino families that promotes bilingual family literacy. Research shows that involving Latino families in their child's education helps raise school attendance, reduce dropout rates, and boost academic achievement. Latino parents and families acquired communication skills to more effectively work as partners in their children’s education; families learned concrete strategies to assist their children at home building on the strengths of family and community and thereby participating as partners in the K-college pipeline.
Latino families value their children’s education but may lack the knowledge of the educational system. At the university, bilingual teacher candidates and Spanish majors were recruited for training in family literacy strategies. This approach was purposeful in serving Hispanic students and contributes to Hispanic/Latino academic success at our predominantly White institution. University students participated in civic learning and a more democratic engagement. Further, they engaged in curriculum development and knowledge production, many for the first time.
Over 150 families have participated in Yakima and we are looking forward to engaging our Latino families in Ellensburg during 2015.
-- Dr. Susan Flores, Assistant Professor