SRI Education researcher Katherine Necochea Tinco provides insight on how to connect with Spanish-speaking families in a culturally relevant manner.
The language we use affects the way we perceive our world. Language can help create new understandings and expand our view of what exists and what is possible, and it also can limit our understanding. The terms we use to describe students who speak two or more languages or speak a language other than English at home, for example, impacts how we envision and develop programs and policies for those students.
SRI Education is leading an external evaluation of bilingual professional development created by faculty from Santa Clara University and San Jose State University: BBILY – Bilingual/Biliterate Instruction for Bilingual Youth. BBILY strives to equip teachers with mindsets, theories, and instructional practices that can support bilingual students’ learning and leverage their linguistic and cultural identities.
Students who feel greater self-determination – the attitudes and abilities to act as a causal agent and make independent choices – tend to do better as they transition to life outside of secondary school.
SRI studied the effectiveness of a promising program focused on secondary students’ academic English skills.