Parenting the Millennial Generation: Guiding Our Children Born between 1982 and 2000

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Academic Protective Factors

Collinswood Dual Language Academy sits among a neighborhood of tiny houses, hidden in the middle of Charlotte. It's a brick building with a few modular classrooms out back. There's a flowering tree in the front and some nice landscaping, but you can still tell it's an older building that isn't as impressive as some of the newer elementary schools in town. However, if you spend any time inside, you will sense something exciting going on there. With a campus full of native Spanish speakers and native English speakers, you hear the chatter of two languages in the hallways during class transitions.

In a city that has increased its Hispanic population by 600 percent in the past decade, such a school is essential, but what is amazing is that it takes its mission so seriously and does it so well. Collinswood is a school that cares for its staff and students. It has high educational and academic standards, yet it is willing to individualize it approach to help every child succeed. This philosophy pays off; it's one of the highest-performing schools in the entire city. It's the only school that has no gap between the test scores of students representing different racial or ethnic groups or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Collinswood is the first dual language immersion school in North Carolina, and it has become a model for other schools systems around the country that want to develop dual language programs. Collinswood's principal, Maria Petrea, has been widely credited with helping the school become a place of excellence. She has intentionally hired staff from various countries, some coming to the United States just to work at the school. Her philosophy is that the diversity of the staff and student body make the educational experience richer for everyone. She says, [Collinswood has more to offer than high test scores. The blending of the Latino/Hispanic and American cultures creates a diverse school community where appreciation for all is represented. The richness of each culture enhances our own.]

By the time they leave Collinswood, most students will be able to understand, speak, and write proficiently both English and Spanish. The majority of students perform at or above grade level in both languages. In addition to this, Ms. Petrea can list at least ten other benefits of language immersion, including improvements in self-esteem and better problemsolving skills.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1: Who is This Millennial Generation? 1
  • 2: A Whole New World 11
  • 3: What, Me Worry 19
  • 4: Ten Traits of Good Parents 27
  • 5: Kids with a Hope and a Future 43
  • 6: Risk Factors 51
  • Introduction to Protective Factors 63
  • 7: Emotional Protective Factors 67
  • 8: Cognitive Protective Factors 81
  • 9: Academic Protective Factors 97
  • 10: Personality Protective Factors 111
  • 11: Social Protective Factors 125
  • 12: Family Protective Factors 135
  • My Last Gasp 145
  • References and Further Reading 147
  • Index 159
  • About the Author 163
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