Praise for Learning from Latino Teachers
"By having Latina/o teachers′ perspectives at the center of this book, Ochoa offers a distinct view on the current state of education. This book is a must read for everyone who is in or cares about education and the future of this country."
Alicia Velazquez, Early Academic Outreach Program at theUniversity of California, Riverside
"Informed by her own experience, Ochoa′s book is a powerful validation of how the stories of Latina/o teachers bring a unique perspective to the classroom. They foster increased awareness of social justice that can help prepare all students to be informed, engaged citizens in an increasingly global society. Thanks to Ochoa for relating moving memoirs that remind us, ′Yes, even one teacher can make a difference!′"
Miriam Añeses, director, Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
"Dr. Ochoa paints an extremely dense and accurate picture of what it is like to be a Latina/o child and navigate through the educational system in the United States. This book speaks to the importance that storytelling and narrative teachings bring to the Latina/o educational experience."
Bianca Guzmán, child psychologist, co–editor of Latina Girls: Voices of Adolescent Strength in the United States, choices director of research and adjunct faculty at California State University, Los Angeles
"A groundbreaking contribution to the field, this book takes a theory–based approach to examine Latina/o educational experiences through critical, historical, and contextual perspectives. At a time when Latina/o students continue to underperform, Ochoa sheds light on those educational components that need attention resources, curriculum, student–teacher relations, and Latina/o teaching pedagogies. A long–needed book that addresses the need for social change through education, it is a fundamental tool for policy makers, school administrators, teachers, and researchers to address the Latina/o educational crisis in America."
Jeanett Castellanos, director, Social Sciences Academic Resource Center and lecturer, Social Science and Chicana Studies, University of California, Irvine
About the Author.
1. Listening to Latina/o Teachers.
2. Explaining the Achievement Gap.
3. Understanding the Experiences of Latinas/os in the United States.
FAMILY AND SCHOOL.
4. Learning from Latina/o Families.
5. What Do We Give Up for an Education?
6. Supporting Latinas/os Throughout the Educational Pipeline.
IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR LATINA/O STUDENTS.
7. Detracking Inequality.
8. Eliminating High–Stakes Testing.
9. Strategies for Effective Teaching.
10. Conclusion: Love and Justice in Our Schools.