ERIC Number: EJ893722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Finding Our Voices: Empowering Latino Students through Partnerships with School Social Workers
Garcia-Reid, Pauline; Reid, Robert J.
School Social Work Journal, v33 n2 p57-69 Spr 2009
Latino youths are facing an educational crisis in this country that is cause for concern. In this article, we present evidence of the pressing need to explore solutions to mitigate educational disparities experienced by this vulnerable and underserved population. School social workers are, by their perspective and training, well suited to seek opportunities to engage students and work toward educational parity. As a viable framework that will enable Latino students to become genuine participants in a more democratic educational process, student empowerment is conceptualized as encompassing three stages: school social workers engaging Latino students, supporting the process, and actualizing the students' potential and cultivating constructive change. While school social workers can play an integral part in facilitating the process of reform, it is by strengthening the relationship among families, schools, and communities that schools can become educationally affirming environments.
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, School Social Workers, Social Work, Partnerships in Education, Hispanic American Students, Educational Change, Dropout Rate, Bilingual Education, Youth, Minority Groups, Social Change, Disadvantaged, Disproportionate Representation, Advanced Placement Programs, Gifted, Equal Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 227 (California 1998)