Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Article excerpt

This issue is chock full of great articles with the potential to positively affect practices in several areas. We begin with McKenna and Millen, who give us a new model of ideal parent engagement that grew out of a qualitative study of diverse, engaged mothers, most with low incomes. We then have a trio of articles based on Latino families in the U.S. school system. Durand and Perez explore differences and similarities of diverse Latino families in their educational beliefs and involvement. Monzó contrasts episodes of symbolic violence against Latina mothers, including at least one highly educated mother, with an episode of caring. Jasis shares the story of a group of Spanish-speaking, immigrant, Latino parents who worked collectively to first confront and then partner with school officials in order to help their children gain access to more challenging classes to put them on track for school success. Each of these articles adds something new to our understanding and can improve school practices.

Manz, Lehtinen, and Bracaliello highlight important practical considerations for effective goal setting for those conducting home visit programs in early childhood. Murray, Handyside, Straka, and Arton-Titus describe a unique and powerful collaboration of preservice special education teacher candidates and parents of children with disabilities, made possible by community partnerships. …

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