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Proactively Develop Parental Involvement for Students’ Growth and Achievement Years of research and practice show that connecting with families positively impacts student achievement. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is packed with realistic and ready-to-use ideas to help teachers and administrators actively engage parents as educational partners. This new edition includes current research on the impact of parent involvement in the school community, offers numerous new strategies, and provides expanded coverage of ways to build bridges between schools and diverse families, including:  • Innovative ways to sustain ongoing communication with families  • Ideas for welcoming parents as vital members of the school community  • Strategies for including parents in school governance  • Techniques for developing parent volunteer programs, and more Start today to strengthen your classroom and school by working ...

Celebrating Diversity
Celebrating Diversity

In the classic work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey (1989) teaches a concept I have never forgotten. He explains that rather than just accepting and tolerating diversity, we need to celebrate it. The reality is that we live in a multicultural, multilingual world, and how educators handle this diversity is critical to the quality of education that children receive. Values and beliefs are the decision-making filters that people use on a daily basis.

In 2004, Concha Delgado Gaitan wrote about the involvement of Latino families in schools. She is cited by Evanthia Patrikakou (2008) in her book The Power of Parent Involvement as saying:

In recent years with the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity of families, the home and ...

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