With thousands of studies confirming the importance of parental involvement in a child’s education, it should somehow be a given that most parents do. For Latino parents, it is not often the case, at least according to the latest reasearch.
While survey after survey shows that education is a top priority for Latino parents, when things like the socio-economic situation of our community, double-shift work, lack of school support for parents who don’t speak English –and yes, even immigration status –are factored in, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Add to that the fact that many of the school activities are often during the day and child care factors, and you have a seemingly insurmountable issue at hand.
But should it be so? Is there any solution to the quandary in which many Latino parents find themselves?
At this week’s LATISM Twitter party, we’ll examine what constitutes parental involvement for schools, Latino students, and Latino parents and discuss possible solutions. With us, our friends from @PBSKids, who will be answering questions, sharing information about initiatives addressing this issue, and exchanging tips on how to increase parental involvement in schools.
- What are the reasons for parental lack of involvement with teachers?
- What kind of programs can be implemented to prompt more collaboration between schools and parents?
- What do you think teachers/schools should do to help parents feel comfortable about participating in school initiatives?
And just for joining us, you’ll have the chance to win 1 of 3 PBS KIDS Prize Packs: Each prize pack includes a PBS KIDS “Hooper” branded Envirosax totebag, a tshirt, notebook, tattoos, and a travel mug from various PBS KIDS shows, with a retail value of $40 each!