GSE Faculty Research

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Journal Article

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Increasing numbers of Latinos are settling in parts of the US where few Latinos have lived before. Many of these diaspora Latinos are school-age children who do not yet speak English fluently. Although rural US educators often work hard to serve Latino diaspora schoolchildren, most rural schools do not provide enough support. This article describes the successes and failures of one paraprofessional working in the Latino diaspora. By describing her strategies to make school more culturally familiar, as well as the reactions Latino students and Anglo educators had to her efforts, the article illustrates both the potential and the difficulty of culturally relevant pedagogy in the Latino diaspora.


This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Latinos and Education, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2002, pages 133-144.. Journal of Latinos and Education is available online at:


latino diaspora, culturally relevant pedagogy, bilingual education, paraprofessionals, rural education, spatiotemporal fluidity



Date Posted: 01 May 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.