Designing Opportunities for Family Engagement within Elementary Schools Serving Latino Immigrant Populations
Latino immigrant students and families are among the fastest growing populations in the United States, but are among the most academically vulnerable groups. Though they initially enter the country brimming with hope and optimism surrounding their hopes for their children’s educations, Latino families quickly become frustrated with and disengaged from their children’s schools. This capstone explores the particular challenges faced by Latino immigrant families as they learn to navigate American elementary school systems as well as their particular strengths that enhance their children’s chances for academic success. This capstone also proposes that teachers and schools engage in culturally responsive practices in order to better engage Latino immigrant families in school and thus assist in their transition into vibrant, active members of American society.