Education system challenges face by Latina/o students
Professor McElvain has recently published several peer-reviewed journal articles and participated in several panels that focused on what can be done to help English as a second language (ESL) students thrive in school. One of the most important aspects to improving Latino and Latina student education is by providing a more direct community involvement between the school and the parents at home. By creating stronger bonds between the Latino and Latina students in regards to their school and their community, students will drastically improve in their performance. The reason for this increase in educational success stems directly from creating a support structure for ESL students both in the community and at home, and the connection provides students far more opportunities to seek help, and those around them are more willing to provide it. One example from a panel Professor McElvain participated in stressed how the lack of community support disproportionately limits access to digital information for Latino and Latina students. The divide between Latino and Latina students in the education system is a serious problem, but the evidence points to a solution through better at home and community involvement with the schools.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
McElvain, C. & Smith, H. (2016, In Review). Curiosité: Inquiry-based instruction and bilingual learning. AERA Open.
McElvain, C. (2016). Los libros abecedario: Learning from the inside out. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table.
McElvain, C. (2015). The bridge project: Connecting home, school, and community for Mexican immigrant youth. The Journal of Latinos and Education, 14(3), 153-170. doi:10.1080/15348431.2014.973568
McElvain, C. (2014, July). The Glen Project: A study of resilience and hope. Abstract contributed to the proceedings of the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France, DIV05-OC06005.
McElvain, C. (2015, January). The Glen Research Project Final Report: Year 2. Glenview Elementary Taskforce presentation.
McElvain, C. (2014, July). The Glen Project: A study of resilience and hope. Oral presentation in the Education and School Psychology Category presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France.
McElvain, C. (2014, May). The Glen Research Project Final Report: Year 1. Gilroy Unified School District Board Presentation.
McElvain, C. (2014, March). Bridging the digital divide for California first-generation Mexican immigrants. Panel #4 presentation Overcoming Divides to Achieve Educational Equity presented at the 2014 Mazatlán Forum. Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.