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US Latinization

Education and the New Latino South

Publication Year: 2017

Demonstrates how educators and policymakers should treat the intertwined nature of immigrant education and social progress in order to improve current policies and practices.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Luis C. Moll

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pp. xi-xiv

As I was preparing the foreword to this fine, timely, and diverse volume, I received a report from the Pew Research Center (PRC) (2015) that addresses how immigration will continue to produce important demographic changes in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. In fact, the report projects...

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Editors’ Introduction

Spencer Salas and Pedro R. Portes

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pp. 15-24

This edited volume was first imagined a short 30-minute drive from the Confederate monument described above—a granite carving gazing across U.S. Interstate 85 (I-85) and more broadly what has come to be known as the New Latino South. We have written about the emergence of new...

Part I: The Shifting Social Geography of K-16 Communities

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1. Building on Immigrant Parents’ Repertoires: Scaffolding Online Home-School Communication in New Latin@ Diaspora Contexts

Silvia Noguerón-Liu, Deavours Hall, and Peter Smagorinsky

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pp. 3-22

Parental and family engagement in Latin@ and immigrant communities is often documented by educational researchers from strength and resourcebased perspectives, in order to support more equitable home-school relationships for nonmainstream families (Delgado-Gaitán, 1993, 2001; Valdés...

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2. Increasing Immigrant Settlement and the Challenges and Opportunities for Public Education in Charlotte, North Carolina

Paul N. McDaniel, Susan B. Harden, Heather A. Smith, and Owen J. Furuseth

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pp. 23-42

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern cities, is navigating demographic and cultural change brought about in part by transitioning 21st-century immigrant settlement geography. Situated along the I-85 corridor at the nexus of the North and South Carolina state borders, this metropolitan area...

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3. Beyond Commodified Knowledge: The Possibilities of Powerful Community Learning Spaces

Colleen M. Fairbanks, Beverly S. Faircloth, Laura M. Gonzalez, Ye He, Edna Tan, and Melody Zoch

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pp. 43-66

In a recent article, Fairbanks et al. (2010) proposed that teaching well required something more than the traditionally understood forms of content and pedagogical knowledge. Rather, thoughtful teachers must draw upon both self-knowledge and agency in their teaching. As Fairbanks et...

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4. Educating to Empower Latina/os in Mathematics in the New South

Anthony Fernandes, Marta Civil, Altha Cravey, and María DeGuzmán

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pp. 67-88

Latinization of the New South has transformed the demographics of schools. This demographic change has created a need to prepare schools (teachers, administrators, staff) to work with Latina/o students and their parents. Many of these Latina/o students and their parents bring schooling...

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5. Ways of Knowing, Community/Technical College Workforce (Re)Development, and “El Mundo de Hoy”

Mark M. D’Amico, Spencer Salas, Manuel S. González Canché, Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, and Gregory F. Rutherford

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pp. 89-108

In 1958, when Wake Technical Community College1 opened its doors to Raleigh, North Carolina and the larger Wake County community, the Internet had yet to be imagined. Some 50 years later, the 2-year college’s electronic portal is bilingual (Spanish/English), and its institutional modus...

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6. Professional Development and Funded Interventions as Means to Improve Latino/a Student Achievement: A Research and Development Perspective

Rolf Straubhaar, Paula J. Mellom, and Pedro R. Portes

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pp. 109-122

The Latino population in the United States continues to grow more quickly than any other ethnic group (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). While that growth is increasingly driven by Latino birth rates reflecting an increasingly permanent Latino presence nationwide, educational policy for Latinos...

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7. Que las maestras hablaran más con ellos: Children Grappling With Documentation Status at School

Holly Link, Sarah Gallo, and Stanton Wortham

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pp. 123-140

This poem, written and recited by Cristofer during a school assembly, won first prize in the fourth-grade poetry competition at Grant Elementary in the New Latino Diaspora town of Marshall.2 For Cristofer and many of his classmates, lack of documentation influenced daily life and learning. Many...

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8. Topography of Trámites: Mixed-Status Families’ Map of the New Latino Diaspora

Ariana Mangual Figueroa

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pp. 141-160

Within the past two decades, Millvalley, Pennsylvania1—a postindustrial city in the Southwestern part of the state—has become home to an emergent, mixed-status community from Mexico and Latin America. While this Spanish-speaking community continues to grow, it remains relatively invisible...

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9. The Maya Diaspora Yucatan-San Francisco: New Latino Educational Practices and Possibilities

Patricia Baquedano-López and Gabriela Borge Janetti

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pp. 161-184

On any given day on 16th Street between Van Ness Avenue and Valencia Street, a widely recognized Latino1 area in San Francisco, California, one hears languages other than English and Spanish in a linguistic plurality that rises against the straightjacketing of identity categories. On this strip of...

Part II: Research, Policy, and a Postfirst Generation

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10. A Research Agenda for Latin@ Youth’s New Media Use in the New South: ¿Common sense for the common good?

Donna E. Alvermann and Eliane Rubinstein-Ávila

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pp. 187-204

In this chapter, we propose a research agenda with education and policy implications for exploring Latin@ youth’s uses of, and engagement with, new media—especially in the New South. We do so on the basis that our search of the existing published literature on the topic of Latin@ youth’s...

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11. Challenges to Policy as a Tool for Educational Equity: The Case of Language and Ability Difference Intersections

Adai A.Tefera, Taucia Gonzalez, and Alfredo J. Artiles

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pp. 205-226

The recent dual commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board (1954) declaring “separate but equal” unconstitutional, and the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 1975), guaranteeing a “free and appropriate public education” for students with...

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12. The Limits of “A Thousand Points of Light” Ideology for a Latino Postfirst Generation

Pedro R. Portes and Spencer Salas

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pp. 227-240

On the steps of the U.S. Capitol, in his 1989 inaugural address to the nation, the first Bush president reiterated a theme of his campaign—that Americans serving Americans would make the country stronger. What followed were timid attempts to materialize the Points of Light Foundation...

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13. The Latino Gender Divide in Education: Are Latinas Really Faring Better Than Their Brothers?

Patricia Gándara

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pp. 241-250

Less than two generations ago, Latinas were struggling to find a place in higher education and were falling considerably behind their male counterparts with respect to both high school graduation and college completion. In fact, in 1980, just 6.9% of Latinas had completed a college degree by...

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14. Immigration, Social Change, and Reactive Ethnicity in the Second Generation

Alejandro Portes and Bryan Lagae

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pp. 251-272

The literature on international migration generally makes a great deal over the changes that such flows wreak in the host societies. Such assertions confuse impressions of the surface of social life with actual changes in the basic culture and social structure of the receiving society. While major...

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Richard P. Durán

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pp. 273-280

The United States is in the midst of a “Latinization” that will profoundly transform the social and economic characteristics of the country by midcentury. In pure numbers, in late 2015, roughly one in six U.S. residents were estimated to be of Latina/o origin. By midcentury, this proportion is...


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pp. 281-290


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pp. 291-303

E-ISBN-13: 9781438465005
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438464992

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2017

OCLC Number: 962025906
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  • Hispanic Americans -- Education -- Southern States.
  • Immigrants -- Education -- Southern States.
  • Academic achievement -- Southern States.
  • Education -- Southern States.
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