Information on strengthening family involvement and improving outreach to Spanish-speaking parents.
Promoting ELL Parental Involvement: Challenges in Contested Times While research shows that parent involvement can have a positive impact on ELL performance, many programs fail to promote it. Families can fall just as far behind as their students because of significant language gaps and cultural differences, if not appropriately worked with by the cooperating school district. (Education and the Public Interest Center and Arizona State University)
PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Brochure In collaboration with the Stanford Research Institute, PIQE is a California-based organization which seeks to promote best practices for ELL parent involvement to educational professionals at all levels through instructional workshops.
PIQE Measures Student Success: A Proven and Tested Program Some evaluations from independent entities regarding effectiveness of the PIQE program. Various proven benefits from increased attention to promoting ELL parent involvement include: reduced dropout rates for Latino families in schools implementing PIQE; fewer disciplinary problems; greater emphasis on reading; markedly increased achievement in Math and English.
Strengthening Latino Parental Involvement Forming Community-Based Organizations/School Partnership “Latino community-based organizations (CBOs) represent a natural, yet largely untapped, source of leadership and opportunities to encourage and strengthen Latino parental involvement in American schools.” While Latinos are the fastest growing segment in the U.S., their students remain severely undereducated and maintain some of the highest dropout rates nationwide. (NABE Journal of Research and Practice 2:1 Winter 2004)
Understanding Latino Parental Involvement in Education While it is widely assumed and agreed that parental involvement will equal improved student performance, the exact definition of what constitutes “parental involvement” is still up for debate in school districts nationwide. This study examines: Parent perceptions of their role in the education of their children; district-wide expectations of parental involvement; initiatives addressing parental involvement, and; Latino students’ perspective on necessity of parental involvement in their own education. (Tomas Rivera Policy Institute)