How to Involve Parents in a Multicultural School

Bruce Conrad Davis

This 86-page book is an up-close-and-personal, principal-to-principal discussion of parent involvement in an urban elementary school that serves a diverse student population, including students from Asian and Latino cultures. The author, Bruce Conrad Davis, relates many techniques he and his staff use to involve parents in the life of the school, including student awards assemblies, thousands of positive telephone calls to parents, annual Read-Ins, voice mail systems, safety patrols, surveys, pledges, and shared decision making. Davis emphasizes learning about the cultures of the students in the school, building personal relationships with them and their parents, welcoming diverse opinions, and telling the truth.