Analysis

– The social histories of families requires fieldwork and learning about where families come from, and to get a better idea about the material circumstances they face living as immigrants in the community.

– This body of knowledge, when integrated in schooling, presents family strengths as potential sources for study, while at the same time giving credibility to student lives as dignified. This connects students’ homes with school lives, and students’ school lives with home.

– Social networks meet in special locations where funds of knowledge have value, such as after-school programs that offer special assistance for Latino communities.

– Valuing Spanish as a vehicle of learning is one such way to capitalize on the funds of knowledge of Latino families, as well as further involving parents in the educations of children.

– Building upon the social relationships within the community must happen first through these out-of-school educational facilities, therefore building community and presenting an advocate for families who fight on behalf of them in matters pertaining to schooling.

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