Increasing Latino Parent Advocacy by Providing Necessary Cultural Capital

Parents of first generation students, specifically Latinos, face many barriers as they attempt to guide their students through a school system they are unfamiliar with. This curriculum project seeks to provide the necessary cultural capital for parents to confidently help their children at home and advocate for them at school. Increased parental involvement beginning at the elementary level has potential to boost student achievement and in turn increase Latino high school graduation rates and college enrollment. The curriculum uses four engaging Spanish workshops to provide parents with necessary insight into the American school system. The workshops provide information and resources regarding 5th grade curriculum, the structure of middle school, resources to help at home, and high school exit requirements. Each workshop has been developed in Spanish with a purpose of overcoming language and structural barriers by providing adequate resources and information for parents to confidently and successfully guide their student on their college pathway.