involving parents in children's education

Refugee families are coming from countries that have different educational cultures, systems and expectations: teachers are highly revered, discipline is implemented differently, and curriculum can be more intense than here in Sacramento. Some families worry about their children's grade placement, while others worry about how far the schools are from their homes. 

Having a meaningful discussion about the differences between the two school cultures will help familiarize your partnered refugee family with their new environment.  

  • Learn the family and student's expectations.  

  • Answer questions about American education systems/culture. 

  • Explain systems the schools have in place to involve parents in their children's education such as parent-teacher meetings.  

  • Remind parents they have a key role in the children's education.   

  • Encourage parents to communicate as best they can with the school and teachers.