Fostering Home-school Cooperation: Involving Language Minority Families as Partners in Education.
Violand-Sanchez, Emma Sutton, Christine P. Ware, Herbert W.
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
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Since home-school cooperation offers strong positive benefits for students, educators should take special care to enable parents of different language and cultural backgrounds to participate. They should encourage five types of involvement: (1) providing for children's basic needs; (2) communicating with school staff; (3) volunteering at the school; (4) helping children with learning at home; (5) participating in governance and advocacy. In developing a partnership with immigrant parents, educators need to recognize various factors, related to acculturation, that affect parental involvement. Successful implementation of programs and strategies to involve language minority families requires both a district- level response and school-based initiatives. The authors provide an example based on the experiences and approaches of the Arlington, Virginia public schools and one Arlington elementary school. (cas)