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Our Kids, Our Responsibility

While meeting with RJUHSD a couple of weeks ago, something they said really surprised me and stuck with me. A large percentage of EL students are actually kids who were born in the United States or have lived here all their lives. They are not immigrants. They have lived all their lives here, speaking English. So how on earth is a life-long English-speaker considered an English Learner? … Continue Reading →

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Achieving Independence Through Language

Recently we used this blog space to begin a conversation about balancing the need to provide crucial services with the risk of creating dependency and complacency among the recipients of those free services. We want to ensure that through the services we provide, the Latino Leadership Council creates the independence, competency and pride necessary for community members to not only stand on their own two feet, but also lend a helping hand to those around them. That’s why I was so excited at our most recent community meeting, where students from our English as a Second Language (ESL) class attended to share with us their personal stories and show us how the free classes we offer have changed their lives. … Continue Reading →

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Preparing Parents for Back to School

Summer is all but done, and over the last few weeks, kids have been going back to school, ready to start a new school year. For many families, the days leading up to back-to-school day involve ensuring all pencils are sharpened, organizing notebooks in backpacks and maybe even some clothes shopping to have the kids look their best. But equal or even more attention should be placed on getting the home environment ready for kids’ return to school. … Continue Reading →

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Wanted: Latino Leaders

You know we have a lot of work to do when 74% of Latinos responding to a recent PEW Hispanic Center research poll couldn’t name a single important Hispanic leader. Unfortunately, there are not enough individuals from our community who are active, visible leaders in politics, business, health care or other high-profile areas. And even more tragic is that the lack of leaders reinforces the wrong idea in our youth that they aren’t meant for bigger and better things…that they can’t lead. … Continue Reading →

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Lost in Translation: Kids as Translators have so Much to Lose

Go to any bank, clinic, school or grocery store in California and you’ll run into this more often than not—kids translating for their non-English-speaking parents. While it may seem a benign gesture for kids to step in and help their parents ask where a certain food item is located in the grocery store, the practice has far-reaching implications that are often overlooked for the sake of convenience. … Continue Reading →

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