Lecture en mi Familia provides Teacher Education students with real-world teaching opportunity

(11-16-2011)

By: Lace King

Alamosa Elementary School hosted Lecture en mi Familia (reading in my family) for its bilingual students and their families, on October 13. Lecture en mi Familia provided K-5 parents with new resources, skills, and tools to engage and refine their children’s English reading ability. Parents who attended the event enjoyed several informational sessions designed to ensure bilingual student success, including “Literacy Strategies, “Access to Technology, “Latinos in College,” and others.

In addition to the informational seminars, event coordinators offered attendees childcare through Adams State College’s Teacher Education students. Midway through the event, they enjoyed a meal from Trujillo’s Restaurant and watched live, traditional entertainment. Every student who attended received a backpack filled with books and school supplies. Event coordinator and Adams State Teacher on Special Assignment Stephanie Hensley is confident the event will bring more Spanish-speaking parents into their children’s classrooms.

Twenty-one Adams State teacher education students helped set up for the event and assisted with childcare. The event provided with them a real-life opportunity to engage and teach students using an individually created lesson plan. Hensley said she noticed her students showed a renewed interest in teaching after the event. “They love it. It excites and motivates them about how they can work with parents and the community once they become teachers.”

“It was a beautiful celebration of the learning experience,” said Dr. Tony Romero, visiting professor of teacher education. Lecture en mi Familia has been a bi-annual, elementary school tradition in Alamosa School District for the past nine years. Because of its huge success in years past, the district decided all of its schools, including middle schools and high schools, would host a Lecture en mi Familia for its bilingual students and parents this year.