chapter  1
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Parental Involvement: Research, Policy, and Resources

The home-school connection discussed in this book is two-way in that schools and teachers support parents with information and ideas about how to work with their children at home, while teachers become knowledgeable about parents’ cultural ways of learning, their knowledge, and aspirations for their children. As a result, teachers learn to see parents as resources in their homes, classrooms, and schools; and parents can work in partnership with the community and/or school personnel with the goal of enhancing the academic achievement of all children. In fact, effective education requires that schools and families work together and form partnerships where parents and teachers learn to respect and trust each other and to collaborate in the planning, development, and implementation of activities that support children’s learning both at home and at school.