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Bicultural Parent Engagement

Advocacy and Empowerment

Edward M. Olivos Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos Alberto M. Ochoa

256 pages
Teachers College Press
This book examines how commonly applied approaches to parent involvement in schools do not easily transfer to bilingual and bicultural families. The authors—respected scholars in the field of educational equity—challenge commonly accepted boundaries of bicultural parent involvement. They provide real-life examples, practical strategies, discussion questions, and suggestions for ensuring that schools welcome and value bicultural families. This timely resource is a hopeful vision of what authentic and democratic parent engagement can become, and how parents can be transformative change agents for their children and their schools.
Author Bio
Edward M. Olivos is an associate professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos is an assistant professor at Arizona State University in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Alberto M. Ochoa is professor emeritus in the Department of Policy Studies in Language and Cross Cultural Education in the College of Education at San Diego State University.