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Martinez, Patricia; Wizer-Vecchi, Joshua – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Collaboration is tough even in ideal circumstances. How do you begin to effect change when nearly half of the families in a district speak a language other than English in the home, but traditional education models rarely emphasize the strengths of cultural or linguistic diversity? Or when nearly all students live in low-income families and face…
Descriptors: School Districts, Low Income, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Quezada, Maria S. – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Many family engagement programs logically focus on providing training and support for parent leaders, giving them the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively partner with schools. Even with comprehensive parent leadership training, sustainable family engagement initiatives cannot truly take hold without buy-in, shared understanding, and a…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Parent Education, Leadership Training
Ng, Elaine – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Nationally, many resources are spent on programs to ameliorate poor educational and economic outcomes for our children and families, in particular for urban and immigrant families. Programs like the federally funded Head Start, Community Development Block Grants, and thousands of nonprofits across the nation provide out-of-school-time academic and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Chinese Americans, Family Programs, Cultural Influences