College Readiness for ELLs

These books highlight important topics around college readiness and ELLs, including academic preparation and guidance for diverse students, particular challenges facing undocumented students, and personal stories from Latino and first-generation college students about their experiences.

Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education Through Public Policy

This book provides a critical discussion of the role that select K-12 educational policies have and continue to play in failing Latino students. The author includes specific recommendations that aim to raise achievement, college transition rates, and success among Latino students across the pre-school through college continuum. Chapters cover high dropout rates, access to college-preparation resources, testing and accountability, financial aid, the Dream Act, and affirmative action.

Americans By Heart: Undocumented Latino Students and the Promise of Higher Education

Product Description: Americans by Heart examines the plight of undocumented Latino students as they navigate the educational and legal tightrope presented by their immigration status. Many of these students are accepted to attend some of our best colleges and universities but cannot afford the tuition to do so because they are not eligible for financial aid or employment. For the few that defy the odds and manage to graduate, their status continues to present insurmountable barriers to employment.

College-Ready: Preparing Black and Latina/o Youth for Higher Education: A Culturally Relevant Approach

Product Description: This book will support teachers, counselors, and administrators in creating a culturally relevant, school-wide, college-going culture to improve educational experiences and outcomes for Black and Latina/o youth. The authors present the perspectives and experiences of 25 students, focusing on the complexities of their daily lives and illuminating some of the significant influences that have supported or hindered their college readiness and access.

Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society

Product Description: One child in five in America is the child of immigrants, and their numbers increase each year. Very few will return to the country they barely remember. Who are they, and what America do they know? Based on an extraordinary interdisciplinary study that followed 400 newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, Central America, and Mexico for five years, this book provides a compelling account of the lives, dreams, and frustrations of these youngest immigrants.

Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories

The fifteen Latino college students who tell their stories in this book attend Dartmouth College and come from a variety of socioeconomic, regional, and family backgrounds. They provide insights into issues of racial identity in contemporary America as well their own trajectories throughout their education. This book gives educators, students, and their families a clear view of the experience of Latino college students adapting to a challenging educational environment and a cultural context often very different from their childhood ones.

Teaching Writing With Latino/a Students: Lessons Learned at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

This collection of essays, qualitative studies, and conversations explores the challenges and opportunities of writing instruction at two- and four-year colleges with at least 25% Hispanic enrollments. The authors — all experienced educators — address the geographic and cultural differences among Latino student populations that inform their attitudes toward writing, as well as their identities as learners; the complex relationship between educators and learners; and the challenges of developing a writing pedagogy that supports these learners.

The First Generation Student Experience: Implications for Campus Practice, and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success

Product Description: More first-generation students are attending college than ever before. Despite this, there is no agreed definition about the term, and few institutions can quantify how many first-generation students are enrolled. At the heart of the book are 14 first-person narratives — by first-generation students spanning freshman to graduate years — that help the reader get to grips with the variety of ethnic and economic categories to which they belong. The book concludes by defining 14 key issues that institutions need to address and offers a course of action for addressing them.

The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies

Drawing on both extensive demographic data and compelling case studies, this powerful book reveals the depths of the educational crisis looming for Latino students, the nation's largest and most rapidly growing minority group. Richly informative and accessibly written, The Latino Education Crisis describes the cumulative disadvantages faced by too many children in the complex American school systems, where one in five students is Latino… and will be essential reading for everyone involved in planning the future of American schools.

Undocumented Immigrants and Higher Education: ¡Sí se puede!

Product Description: Alejandra Rincón is currently the Vice-president of Scholarships and Programs for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "Rincón s thoroughly researched book provides a comprehensive history and discussion of the court rulings, legislative actions at federal and state levels, and advocacy efforts related to undocumented immigrants at U.S. colleges and universities…It is an essential reference for courses that discuss U.S. immigration history or U.S. immigration law, as well as for those who advocate on behalf of immigrants." — International Educator

We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream

"Perez, a developmental psychologist and professor in Southern California, plumbs the stories of students living with the constant threat of deportation for an answer to the question, 'What does it mean to be an American?' Raised in this country by parents who gained access illegally, the 16 high school, college and post-graduate students profiled here (standing in for 65,000 nationwide) have each embraced our language, culture and collective dream, but are denied pathways to success.

Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education

Product Description: Wise Latinas, forthcoming in 2014, is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes — and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap.