ERIC Number: ED337018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Fostering Home-School Cooperation: Involving Language Minority Families as Partners in Education.
Violand-Sanchez, Emma; And Others
Information is presented about parent involvement in general and, specifically, about practical strategies for developing partnerships with language minority parents. A framework is provided for fostering cooperation between home and school, given the special factors that should be considered as non-native English speaking families become more familiar with their new communities. Experiences and approaches of the Arlington, Virginia, Public Schools are described. Factors that affect parental involvement are identified, including: length of U.S. residence, English language proficiency, availability of support groups and bilingual staff, and prior experience. Components of a model program are discussed in terms of (1) a district-level response; and (2) school-based initiatives. For the district level the discussion concerns the following topics: intake center, bilingual staff, long-range management plan, multicultural conference, staff development, staff networking, citizen advisory committees, leadership training for parents, native language resource materials for parents, and parent education projects. School-based initiatives are discussed in terms of: school/community events, bilingual staff, administrative support and leadership, family learning activities, parent education workshops and orientation, bilingual materials for parents, building advisory committees, parent/teacher meetings with interpreters, and special projects for science and math. Activities at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia, are reported. An outline for a parent workshop on reading is appended. Contains six references. (LB)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Bilingualism, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Family Programs, Limited English Speaking, Minority Group Children, Models, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, Second Language Instruction, Staff Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Arlington Public Schools VA