Educators plan purposeful events that target specific cultural and ethnic groups to involve, inform, and strengthen partnerships in the school community.
Tips from Parent Advisory Council members:
- Ask parents to serve as authentic cultural resources for the school.
- Offer a “day in the life of your student” activity in which parents attend school in the role of their children.
- Give families new to the school a chance to visit their school, meet staff, and learn about expectations before the school year begins.
Northern Lights Elementary School’s Diversity Council brings together parents and caregivers from all walks of life to meet and to talk about their families, how they feel about school and education, and ways they can work together to help children learn. In addition to regular meetings, the council sponsors tables at school and community events to build awareness of their efforts. Council members also help with school and community events, such as hosting a diversity dance and sponsoring Child Safety Day and a bike rodeo.
Chegwin Elementary School staff is intentional when they host a parent or family event. For example, the school designed a special night for families and parents that included a Hmong dance performance. The school coordinated the performance with the “I Love to Read Family Night.” Hmong grandparents could see firsthand how their dances are being honored and passed on to others.