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Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students

Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students

September 2012 | 216 pages | Corwin
This comprehensive guide will provide teachers and administrators with practical suggestions and materials that they can immediately use to improve their teaching of high-ability students from Spanish-speaking households. The authors will share best practices that narrow the language and cultural barriers between educators and the families of their gifted students and will help teachers:Support ELL students by guiding teachers and schools to affirm them and their unique and rich cultural backgrounds. Increase minority enrollment in gifted programs by providing a much-needed resource to schools, teachers, and districts on meeting the needs of this population.Improve the effectiveness of educational programs by strengthening the home-school connection for Hispanic families.Bridge the Anglo-Hispanic cultural divide by informing educators on cultural nuances and helping them more effectively meet the needs of their students.Educate Hispanic parents on the meaning of gifted, giftedness, and how to support their own children.Overcome budget constraints with practical guidelines and reproducibles for teachers to implement in their programs right away.This book will also contain parent/teacher/student testimonials, samples of communications with parents, and an appendix of reproducibles in English and Spanish so that teachers can photocopy or adapt them for their own use to aid in their communication with student families.
About the Authors
1. Changing Landscape of U.S. Schools: A Call to Action
2. Bilingualism: A Cognitive Strength
3. A Cultural Primer
4. Recognizing Talents, Abilities, and Creativity in Your Spanish-Speaking Students
5. Identifying Gifted Hispanic Students
6. Effective Ways for Teachers to Connect Wth Spanish-Speaking Parents
7. Developing the Strengths and Talents of Hispanic ELLs: Strategies for Getting Started
8. Program Options for Advanced Hispanic ELLs: Putting Your Strategies to Work

"This book broadens the scope of gifted education to a large group of students who are often overlooked. Its message fills a gap across the country for gifted educators who want to be more inclusive."

Lori Helman, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

"The authors provide a practical approach to assisting Spanish-speaking high ability students.  What sets this book apart is that it offers districts best practices for teaching and supporting all students from Spanish-speaking families."  

Lois Rebich, RTI Facilitator
Ross Elementary School, Pittsburgh, PA

"This practical guide suggests that educators look at students' strengths and view their language as a strength instead of a deficit. The authors provide great ways to communicate with parents, and I like the discussion of cultural norms. I would certainly recommend this publication to peers."

Theresa Dewitt, ELL and Bilingual Teacher
Sheboygan Area School District, WI

"ELL and Bilingual teachers, teachers of gifted and talented students, mainstream teachers, and administrators of these programs should all read this book. I have never seen any other book mention gifted and talented Hispanic students. This book will fill the void for a neglected area of under-represented peoples."

Diane Senk, ELL Teacher
Sheboygan Area School District, WI

"While we know that we need bilingual professionals to compete in a global market, we are failing to identify our own bilingual talent in America. This book will help educators, parents, and administrators find and nurture Hispanic-American talented children. I work with Hispanic families and students and I need a resource like this to help me advocate for them."

Lizbeth Alfaro, ESL Teacher
Lyle Creek Elementary, Conover, NC

Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students is long overdue and should be read by aspiring educators, current educators, school leaders and education policy makers. The authors have crafted an extensively well sourced piece of scholarship that references important research from an array of fields related to the education of gifted new learners of English. They provide critical information about why America needs to identify and nurture this pool of talent. In addition, the work is well organized, accessible and includes numerous practical examples and strategies for working with students and their families. The content has application across school subjects, grades and students.

Al Ramirez, Professor, Department of Leadership, Research and Foundations
University of Colorado

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