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Parental Involvement in Any Language

As the number of English language learners in U.S. public schools grows, supports must be developed to help these students and their parents better engaged in school life.

On Monday, as I set out for my parent teacher conference in Washington, D.C., I was reminded of a similar meeting two years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico. Recent and temporary transplants to the area, my husband and I were committed to doing everything we could to help our son integrate into his new school. We understood the importance of parental involvement for a child’s education, particularly its strong influence on a child’s early reading and math skills. We felt a special responsibility to support our son because we had uprooted him to a foreign country where nothing was familiar and enrolled him in a school where even the English teacher struggled with the subjunctive. 

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Catherine Brown

Senior Fellow