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Aprendiendo Juntos Council (AJC)

NCFL and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop has announced the formation of the Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together) Council (AJC). This multi-sector group of researchers, practitioners, and policy experts identifies models and practical strategies that improve educational outcomes for Latino/Hispanic families through the deployment of digital technologies. The Council conducts and interprets research to influence public and private sector investments in effective programs and practices.

The Council is developing new studies on a regional and national scale that focus on Latino/Hispanic families' digital technology usage. From this collaboration, the AJC released a report reviewing existing research and best practices in the field, which is available here.

"At NCFL we are continually working to develop, implement, and improve innovative programs to support and accelerate intergenerational learning among families," said NCFL President Sharon Darling. "The Aprendiendo Juntos Council is a great step towards linking research to program development and merging new technologies with powerful learning opportunities."

"Latino and Hispanic families are pioneers in adapting new technologies in their communications practices and approaches to parenting and learning," said Dr. Michael H. Levine, executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. "The new AJC initiative is intended to better understand those research-based practices and policies that will support young families to grow and prosper in a digital age."

In June 2012, NCFL convened the first Hispanic-Latino Families and Digital Technologies Forum in partnership with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the National Council of La Raza. The Forum brought together some of the United States' best researchers, innovators, thought leaders, and educators dedicated to the vital topic of how, and in which contexts, today's Latino/Hispanic families are learning from the rapidly changing innovations in information communications technologies. The Aprendiendo Juntos Council was established as a new working group and continues to meet each year.

Read the report summarizing the AJC Forum here.