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The Padres a la escuela (PAE) or Parents in the School program in San Antonio (Texas) encouraged the participation of Hispanic parents in the education of their children. The successes of the PAE program are used in this guidebook to help parents, program staff, and policy makers in similar efforts. This handbook describes the history, accomplishments, and lessons of the PAE program, beginning with a profile of the families, neighborhoods, and schools of San Antonio. Major goals accomplishments, and barriers are described. The program was instrumental in encouraging the participation of the Latino communities in the educational process through six PAE components: (1) bilingual and culturally sensitive information; (2) outreach and home visits; (3) advocacy and explanation of roles, rights, and responsibilities; (4) collaboration; (5) trust-building; and (6) leadership. The last two sections of this report assemble information for Hispanic families. Part 5 includes tools and resources used by the PAE program, and Part 6 introduces other tools and resources available nationwide for parents, schools, and communities. Twenty-two numbered figures illustrate the discussion. (Contains 19 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Advocacy, Bilingual Education, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic Americans, Home Visits, Limited English Speaking, Low Income Groups, Parent Participation, Poverty, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Spanish Speaking, Urban Schools, Urban Youth

Author: Lewis, Magdalena C.



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