Early Childhood Education Specialist to Discuss Family’s Role in Learning Success

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 11, 2009 — Luis Hernandez, T/TAS early childhood education specialist, will present a lecture entitled “The Heart of Learning: The Family’s Role in Learning Success” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, in the University Center’s Founder’s Lounge.

Hernandez will discuss the research-based critical impact of economic class in achieving academic advancement and how teachers and families can make a difference. He will explain the “achievement gap” across racial and ethnic groups in the country and will reinforce the vision for genuine family engagement practices. Hernandez holds a master of arts degree in bilingual/multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. He is active in a number of national organizations that support children and family interests. At NAEYC, he is active in the new accreditation process and developing professional development opportunities. He currently serves on the board of the Parent Services Project in California, the Advisory Board of the McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership and the United Way’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood. A regular speaker at national, state and local conferences, his special interests include early literacy, second language learning, collaboration and partnerships, changing demographics and diversity, adult learning and ECE management topics.  The event is sponsored by University Funding for Results and is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at (573) 651-2641 or sswartwout@semo.edu.