Free Podcasts for Latino Parents on iTunes U

By Kim Tucker


TAMPA, Fla. (March 15, 2010) A new series of video podcasts developed to educate and empower Hispanic/Latina/o parents to help their children succeed in school by Manny Duran (local educational leader and USF alumnus) and Carlos Zalaquett (associate professor, counselor education and coordinator of clinical mental health counseling in the USF College of Education) is available for free on USF on iTunes U.


Zalaquett said that this series of podcasts is "a welcome and needed resource to open the door for Hispanic, Latina and Latino parents to help their children achieve an education. Despite the recent increase in the number completing high school and gaining access to higher education, Hispanic, Latina and Latino students are significantly behind White and Black students. ‘Juntos Sí Podemos – Together We Can’ demonstrates a clear commitment of the College of Education to ensure the education of all children. Knowledge is power and parents, students, educators, and administrators can use this information to foster their children’s progress from pre-K to College.”


Each video offers timely insights enabling the accomplishment of this critical goal: full utilization of children’s educational potential. The episodes are offered in both English and Spanish, and include presentations about school counseling, school psychology, social work, social studies, community resources, and other relevant school topics. “We are confident that the scope of this material will challenge all involved—from parents to educators—to appreciate and embrace this vital vision of change,” Zalaquett said.

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Kim Tucker is the communications & marketing officer in the College of Education.




The USF College of Education is ranked 54th by U.S. News & World Report of graduate schools in the country, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is the 4th largest public college of education in the nation. For more information about the USF College of Education, visit: www.coedu.usf.eduor


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.