In this episode we discuss ways to maximize collaboration between teachers and parents. Particularly, we delve into the culture and nuances that all teachers should know to make sure they have a productive relationship with Hispanic parents at school. We will discover they can be quite and asset and ally in making sure students are producing for the classroom.
Our panelists are experienced educators with a unique perspective on how to nurture these particular teacher-parent relationships and as they admit themselves: there are many variations! When we discuss Hispanic parents here, we speak from experiences and observations made from our schools in Florida, Texas and California.
Our guests for this episode recorded on January 27, 2016 are:
Roberts Christie. He is an English teacher, Leadership, Site Coordinator Apex Learning, Collaboration works, #GAFE, Google Educator, Husband, Father. He is making hope happen in San Bernadino, California. Follow him on Twitter @MrCSierra
Avelina Damonte. She was born in New York but grew up in Argentina. Her last move was to Canada where she met her husband and moved to Florida. She earned her Masters in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix. She teaches online for a charter school system in middle and high school. Follow her on Twitter @MrsDSSClass
Vilma Godoy. She is an English teacher at Shelby County High School in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge and a Masters in Literacy Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. She is originally from Guatemala but was raised in California. She recently set roots in Kentucky. She is an advocate for Hispanic students and community members. Follow her on Twitter @v_johana11
Lauren Lintelman. She is a 5th grade Bilingual Teacher in Dallas, Texas. She teaches in both English and Spanish and has taught all subject areas. 2015-2016 is her 7th year teaching in a low socioeconomic, high needs school with majority Hispanic and African American students.
Oscar Cielos Staton is the moderator. He began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film production in Texas. He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families. “The lives of my students,” he says “very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a public elementary school. Actually, I tell them they are lucky because they have other students similar to them in the same classroom. My experience was that of a true minority in the classroom. Only one other student in my class spoke Spanish!”
He taught in California for two years and now resides in Massachusetts with his family. He continues affecting the K12 Teaching Community through the Teach Cow Network and Teachers Talk Live (TTL). Follow on Twitter @TeachCow
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