Bringing Marginalized Parents and Caregivers Into Their Children’s Schooling

Author(s): Ippolito, J. (2012)
This summary was created by the What Works: Research into Practice program at the Ontario Ministry of Education and can be accessed, along with other What Works summaries, on their website at:

This summary provides an overview of research on creating links between parents and schools and a list of strategies that can be used to build these relationships:

"Weak or non-existent lines of communication between homes and schools may create suspicion between teachers and parents and caregivers....[A] synthesis of the research on barriers to parental involvement provides useful insight. They identify four areas where barriers to parental involvement in education can emerge..."
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Tags: Academic achievement, Achievement, Disadvantaged Students, Elementary education, Engagement, Equity, Equity Issues, Gender, Gifted, Gifted students, Home, Immigrant Student, Immigrants, Learning disabilities, Learning disability, New Canadians, Parent Teacher Relationships, Parental Involvement, Parents, Relationships, Religion, School-community partnerships, Secondary Education, SES, Socio-economic status (SES), Student Achievement, student behaviour, Teacher parent relationships