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“Where Do I Go From Here?” by Karen Vocke is a practical and well written book that will appeal to teachers, administrators, and other community members where migrant workers live and these workers' children go to school. The book contains valuable resources, including lesson plans and other materials that could be used by teachers of other ESL children, as well as by teachers whose students are not learners of English. The book helps the reader become aware that educational opportunity and equality do not exist as static entities, but rather are created by whole communities, especially those who choose to make the invisible more visible.
In our current society, teachers are faced with students who move frequently from place to place, speak a language other than English, and represent diverse cultures. This book shares many strategies and ideas that will help a teacher, experienced or novice, to meet the needs of these “new” students found in U.S. classrooms.
- Cheryl Boothby
State and Federal Programs Director
and Special Education Director
Hartford, Michigan, Public Schools
Migrant farm laborers are often called America's “invisible people” - a term that, tragically, is just as applicable to their children. Because their lives are transitory and their English skills often limited, our opportunities to have a lasting impact on their literacy education are far too brief. But that makes these children no less deserving of our full commitment. In “Where Do I Go from Here?” Karen Vocke describes how to make the most of each day, creating an educational experience that will serve all children long after they leave our classrooms.
Always mindful of state standards and assessment requirements, Vocke demonstrates how to modify the curriculum and adapt strategies to facilitate English language acquisition and content-area knowledge. She provides vital information on:
All this is supported by a wealth of helpful materials, including additional resources for working with migrant families, organizations you can contact for more information, recommended children's literature and wordless picture books, and letters and announcements to parents in both English and Spanish.
Use the ideas in “Where Do I Go from Here?” to create a welcoming learning environment that values inclusion and diversity. Give every student the same chance for a literate life. In the process, you'll soon see the future of America's “invisible” students in a bright, new light.