School populations of are becoming increasingly diverse. Students come from a variety of different cultures, speak languages other than English, and have a range of backgrounds and abilities.
Diversity is a multi-dimensional and ubiquitous concept. It is a term that is often misunderstood, or used synonymously with other terms such as multiculturalism or ethnicity. A better understanding of diversity benefits the quality of your learning environment.
Research establishes, unequivocally, that parent engagement has a positive impact on students’ academic achievement, behavior in school, and attitudes about school work. As the first teachers of their children, parents can be a vital resource to support teaching and learning.
Just as parent involvement is important, so are relationships with the broader school community. Creating an environment that values two-way communication with families and stakeholders promotes and supports student success.