Effective Parent Partnerships Between Schools and Diverse Families

Effective Parent Partnerships Between Schools and Diverse Families

Katherine E. L. Norris
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3943-8.ch001
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The demographics in the United States are steadily changing. There has been a constant increase in the diverse families in schools. Often, culturally diverse and high-poverty families face more and/or different barriers to home-school partnerships than typical families. With parent involvement being so crucial to school and child success, effective education programs would benefit from learning to create partnerships with all families in authentic and meaningful ways. This chapter gives educators an overview of the challenges and the suggested practices for creating effective partnerships with diverse families.
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Essential Questions

  • Why are some schools able to build successful home-school partnerships while others fail?

  • What barriers make home and school partnerships challenging for diverse family populations?

  • What practices suggested by the relevant literature propose to cultivate meaningful home and school partnerships, especially with diverse family populations?

Culturally relevant teaching is about questioning (and preparing students to question) the structural inequality, racism, and the injustice that exists in society. -Gloria Ladson Billings

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