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Latino Parent Involvement

Target Population: Latino Students and their Parents

 

  Describe the issue:

Another issue facing Latino Students and their Parents is lack of parent involvement. According to Scribner, J. D., Young, M. D., & Pedroza, A., Lessons from high-performing Hispanic schools (pp. 36-60). New York: Teachers College Press., The participation of parents in their children’s education has positive impacts on school achievement. An unwelcoming school environment discourages parent participation. As counselors we must actively find methods to provide training for teachers in teacher-parent relations and provide events that work around  the logistical obstacles that prevent Latino parents from participating (childcare and multiple jobs). Finally, counselors should either work towards being bilingual or provide interpreters and offer Spanish classes to teachers and English classes to parents. Because many parents haven’t mastered English, they find it difficult to help with homework or communicate with school personnel. Latino parent meetings along with adaptive technologies that allow schools to communicate in the host language, would assist increasing Latino Parent involvement. In addition to the school creating a coalition of Latino Parents and organizing monthly meetings to educate them on topics for their student, here is a list of outside community resources.

 

Resources:

PACT- People Acting in Community Together. PACT is an inter-faith, multi-ethnic grassroots organization that assists mainly working families from low socio economic backgrounds to advocate for social justice in areas of education, health care, and unsafe neighborhoods. PACT has been instrumental in providing access to parents with translation at numerous board and parent meetings.

Migrant Ed- If parents have moved here to work in the agricultural industry this program works with their children to ensure that all migrant students graduate with a high school diploma , further learning, and have access to productive employment. They also work with the parents to assist with English and parenting classes.

MetroED- Metropolitan Education District offers adult education classes for free or at a very low-cost. The classes are convenient, accessible, and have flexible schedules to meet the family and work needs of adults. The courses range from basic skills in math, reading and writing, ESL Citizenship, 50+ Program to Career Technical (Vocational) certificate programs.

 MACSA –Mexican American Community Service Agency works in East San Jose and serves very low income communities in partnership with schools, city parks, recreation facilities, correctional institutions, art centers, and libraries with an emphasis on preserving the Latino Culture within strong families.

Mayfair Community Center- In the heart of the largest Latino neighborhood in East San Jose, this Community Center provides Adult Education Programs such as ESL, New Parent Programs, Parent Education Programs and Family Conversations Workshops