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La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success

Jennifer M. Matos

Almost like a well-kept family recipe, there exists in education secret ingredients into what makes Latinx students successful. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success demonstrates how Latinx parents, a well-kept secret ingredient, assist with the academic success of Latinx students at all educational levels. Understanding the power of this secret ingredient—and how to use it—can have a profound impact on success for Latinxs students and can be used as a model for how to work with and support students from all marginalized groups. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success is suitable for educators at all levels. This book can be used in general education and teacher preparation courses, ethnic studies courses, training for individuals in helping professions, or to launch exciting new dialogue.

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This book was being written decades ago in the family kitchen of our shared Jersey City, New Jersey home. I would like to thank my family of origin, Jessie, Annie, and Rosemarie “Gokie” Flores, and although I never got to meet my brother David, as he died before I was born, he is my family, too. My Mother, through all of the obstacles presented by poverty and urban living, managed to raise all of us. Jessie, thank you for being my big brother, calling to check on me, always ready to tell jokes and laugh heartily with me. I am so proud of the man you are, and proud that you are my brother. Annie, you literally saved my life diagnosing me with lupus when you were only fourteen years old! Even though you are my “little” sister, you have been my fiercely loyal protector, and remind me with your playful teasing, not to take myself so seriously. Thank you for always showing up for me. And Gokie. What would I ever have done without you? Your delicious Puerto Rican meals with recipes passed down in our family as well as your strong hugs have always nourished me. When Mom had to be away at work to keep a roof over our heads, you took us to Saturday matinee movies, played with us, and helped with homework. I don’t know anyone else as lucky as me to have a cousin, big sister, second mom, and friend.←xi | xii...

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