whose first language is not English requires schools to make special
accommodations. Translating materials into a parent's first language
helps, but written communication alone is not enough. Ideally, a
resource person, perhaps another parent, should be available to
communicate with parents in their first language.
Interactive telephone voice-mail systems that have bilingual recordings
for families are also useful. In addition, English-as-a-second-
language classes for parents and grandparents may be helpful.
information, ideas, and publications, visit the
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education,
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Involve Families | Learn to Communicate
| Encourage Parental Participation | Welcome Parents
| Overcome Language Barriers | Use Technology