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Surveying Latino families, we realized many were not engaged by our method of parent-teacher conferences, or how we sent info home

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Based on our surveys and focus groups, we saw the need for finding new ways to connect parents to schools and to find ways to involve celebration and awards into our gatherings. Everyone loves a party!

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Photo of Clint Heitz

Nathan - If you'd be willing, I would greatly appreciate your support for Guideposts to Success by heading to the post and leaving a positive evaluation, as well as suggestions to grow the idea even more. Your insights could be very helpful in making the guideposts more responsive and respectful! Thank you!

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Sometimes it helps to have the child present as an advocate for themselves but also to help bridge the language barrier between teachers and parents when the parent's first language is not that of the teacher! 

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Hi Nathan, So happy to see insights from the Si Se Puede team! Check out the post by Thomas Gilliford where he shares insights from staff. Very similar comments about conferences being awkward, scary, and not fun.

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Nathan -- makes me wonder the culture and equity issues that may be different with Latino parents. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and remember that there was so much reverence to the schools and teachers, that parents didn't ask a lot of questions. It was intimidating. This is such a good insight.

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"...or how we sent info home."

I love that you mentioned this. This reminds me that conferences are part of the larger systems of communication between schools and families.