As OjoOido teaches, academic preparation for Hispanic/Latino parental support begins by first applying the following four Learning Strategies: 1) Praise Efforts, Praise Often; 2) Be Positive and Encouraging; 3) Provide Tangible Rewards; and 4) Help Your Child Learn Study Habits and Skills at Home.
The article,”Hispanic Students Lack College and Career Preparedness, Despite Most Wanting College Degrees,” in today’s Latin Post continues the discussion of the recent statistics released regarding Hispanic students’ lack of college and career preparedness, as covered earlier this week in an OjoOido Blog post. In addition to offering the same startling figures released by ACT and Excelencia in Education’s report, the article rightly highlights Deborah Santiago’s, COO and VP for Policy of Excelencia in Education, assessment of the findings: “This report makes it clear that our education system must match the high aspirations Hispanic families have for their children with high quality K-12 programs that ensure career and college readiness.”
Santiago’s recognition of the Hispanic family, not just the student, and their aspirations for their children is a critical component to addressing and correcting this lack of preparedness in our Hispanic students. Just as the student requires the support of his family, teachers and community at large to become career and college ready, Hispanic parents so too require a similar network of support and training in the ways to best prepare their children for academic success. As OjoOido teaches, academic preparation for Hispanic/Latino parental support begins by first applying the following four Learning Strategies: 1) Praise Efforts, Praise Often; 2) Be Positive and Encouraging; 3) Provide Tangible Rewards; and 4) Help Your Child Learn Study Habits and Skills at Home.
What Can You, as a Parent, Do to Support Your Children in School?
The most important action you can take as a parent to support your children in school is to always remember that what your children feel and think, no matter how precocious and independent your children are, is a reflection of the desires, hopes and aspirations that you create and instill in them as a parent.
Help Your Child Learn Study Habits and Skills at Home
The next most important action you can take as a parent to help your children in school is to always remember that good study habits and skills will provide your child with the basic tools needed to succeed in school at every level. Your children must develop the prerequisite academic habits and skills needed to learn basic critical thinking and strategic planning in order to take charge of their learning and their life choices.
Where Should You Begin?
Developed to assist you in helping your child to learn study habits and skills at home, OjoOido released earlier this week its ongoing video series: Para Los Padres. Para Los Padres was developed to assist you, a busy parent, in helping your child succeed academically. The 7-part video series and corresponding explanations can be found here. OjoOido will be expanding its Para Los Padres video lessons in the coming months, of which only subscribers will be able to access. To help your child, the OjoOido Curriculum will directly target the needs of your student with the Time Management Module. Join OjoOido.com and let us show you how to help your child become a successful student.
OjoOido’s Founder & CEO on Supporting Hispanic Parents
My background as an immigrant from Mexico and my life experience of growing up in a humble migrant farm-worker family has significantly contributed to how I have developed my conception of how to encourage Hispanic/Latino parents to help their children become competent students.
Additionally, in my lifetime I have been a member of the California Mini-Corps Program; an elementary teacher in the Los Angeles School District’s Bilingual Program; an elementary teacher in the Culver City Unified School District’s Spanish Immersion Program; peer counselor in the University of Southern California’s Learning Skills and Development Center; and a university administrator of campus-based programs at both private and public institutions. I served as the Director of the USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund and the Director of the Academic Support Referral Center at San Jose State University. And lastly, my 20 plus years combined government and private practice experience in corporate law, international law and civil litigation, as well as my experience in K-12 education and higher education, has also contributed to my conceptualization of how to support Hispanic/Latino parents in achieving their academic aspirations for their children.
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