Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies

Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies

by Concha Delgado Gaitan


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ISBN-13: 9781452257709
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 1,265,567
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Concha Delgado Gaitan, Ph D, is an award-winning ethnographic researcher and professor of sociocultural studies in education. She received the George and Louise Spindler award for her contributions to the field of Anthropology and Education from the Council of Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association. Her early career as a teacher and school principal informs her later work as a practicing anthropologist in communities and professor at the University of California, Davis. Concha has also worked in the field of public health education in Latino communities, combining that interest with her dedication to issues of social justice and education. She is a national and international speaker as well as a consultant on the numerous topics that inspire her work.

Among her many scholarly publications are her books where she presents her work as an ethnographer working with disenfranchised families and communities toward their empowerment and extending practical lessons to educators: (1) The Power of Community, (2) Protean Literacy, (3) Crossing Cultural Borders, (4) Literacy for Empowerment, (5) School and Society, (6) Involving Latino Families in the School, (7) Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms, and this most current one (8) Creating a College Culture for Latino Students. In a different book, Prickly Cactus, she turns the lenses inward to look at the role of family and community in her life during a time of major health crisis. Concha works and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband Dudley Thompson. For more information, please go to or contact Concha at

Table of Contents

About the Author
1. Introduction
2. Influences in Getting Latinos to College
Geographic, Cultural and Socioeconomic Conditions
Major Hurdles
3. Promising Educational Practices
Crafting a College Culture to Socialize Students for College
Framing Culture Through Action Research
4. Talking College in Elementary School
Supportive Relationships in the School Setting
Building College Culture Relationships Between Family and School
Practical Strategies for Elementary Grade Educators
5. College Readiness in Middle and Secondary School
Developing Study Habits and Academic Language
Parent/School/Community Partnerships
Transition from Middle to High School
Best Practices for Educators
6. Features and Activities of Successful Programs
Guidelines for Successful Academic Programs for Latinos
Effective Programs
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Upward Bound
College Track
East Bay Consortium
Best Practices for Creating College Culture in Schools
7. Collaborations and Partnerships
Hidalgo Independent Schools: A School District Success Story
Creating a K-12 College Going Culture in HISD
The Families' Role
Puente Program
Gear Up Program
Best Practices for Educators
8. College Planning With Parents
5 "Cs" of Family Engagement
Parents Want to Know
Partnering With Families and Communities
Best Practices for Successful Teacher and Parent Partnerships
9. Students Navigating the College Culture
Enduring Social and Emotional Character
Support Systems From Early to High School Years
10. Sites for Educators, Students, and Families
Resources for Creating a College Culture in Schools
Resources for Informing Students and Families
Information About Latinos in College
Financial Resources

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