Parent Involvement with Hispanic Parents - A New Framework
This session will provide a culturally competent framework for working with Latino parents for parent involvement. The presentation will address the acculturation process, socioeconomic influences, language and literacy skills, parents' previous educational experiences, and how to transfer successfully into our schools today, as well as family and community considerations. A focus will be on working with parents to build parent capacity with family reading, culturally rich children's literature for vocabulary development, and sharing their own family stories with their children.
Katherine Del Monte provides workshops for The Latino Family Literacy Project in 17 states. She earned her M.A. in Human Development with specializations in bicultural development and biliteracy. She has worked as an expert consultant for educational programs throughout the U.S. Previously, Katherine was an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, where she taught sociolinguistics and the development of bicultural children. She has taught ESL, parenting classes in the court appointed system, was a preschool program director, supervised home visitation programs, and created teen parenting programs. Katherine’s main focus continues to be bridging the educational gap by providing teachers who work with Latino parents practical, hands-on programs to improve literacy, vocabulary, and reading skills using current research to guide her curriculum.