There are more than 5 million English learner students in the United States. Only 1 in 3 English learner students graduates from high school every year. This problem is especially acute for Hispanic students. Velázquez Press believes we can make a difference with our four key principles:
Principle 1: Promote Biliteracy to change the negative into positive
Most countries in the world require students to learn a second language in school. In the United States, politicians in many states restrict students to learning only in English in their K-12 education. Velázquez Press believes students learning two or more languages will have a brighter future and enrich our world. Velázquez is a proud sponsor of the Seal of Biliteracy and promotes changing the negative views on bilingualism.
Principle 2: Help English learners to acquire academic English
Many English learners are born in the U.S., speak fluent English, but fail in school. The reason: these English learners have difficulty understanding academic vocabulary and using academic English. Velázquez Press understands the unique need of these English learners. By providing academic language programs, bilingual references and interactive social learning mobile websites, English learners can learn academic vocabulary and build their academic English skills in a fun and effective environment.
Principle 3. Provide professional development for teachers and educators
Many non-ESL teachers and educators do not understand the unique needs of English learner students. Often these teachers do not have support from districts for working with EL students. They often even have difficulty communicating with their students. Velázquez Press leverages the intellectual property from education conferences and provides professional development using social media to support educators.
Principle 4. Get parents involved with EL students’ education
Language barriers and cultural differences often discourage English learners’ parents from getting involved in their children’s education. Velázquez Press provides schools with easy to follow parent involvement programs and helps parents get involved in their student’s education.