Culturally Responsive Parental Engagement Edward O. Manyibe, Ph.D., CRC Mary Ann Teal-Harris Vivien Adeleye Jerod Gleason Rene Takang Department of Rehabilitation Counseling & Disability Studies Langston University
Learning Objectives • Understand the meaning of parental engagement (PE). • Understand what it means to be culturally responsive. • Understand the importance of engaging parents in a culturally responsive manner. • Understand the process of planning for culturally responsive PE
How is parental Engagement Defined? • Parental engagement - parents and transition staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and vocational aspirations of students.
What is Culture? • An integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thoughts, communications, languages, practices, beliefs, values, customs, courtesies, rituals, manners of interacting, roles, relationships, and expected behaviors of a racial, ethnic, religious or social group; the ability to transmit the above to succeeding generations; is dynamic in nature. Source: National Center for Cultural Competence http://nccc.georgetown.edu/foundations/frameworks.html#ccdefinition
What is Culturally Responsive Parental Engagement (CRPE) CRPE Is a process designed to ensure parents’ connection to the agency’s culture, purpose, and organization. • Dedicated culturally responsive PE is present when there is a system in place to include ALL PARENTS in the life and development of their child. Source: http://www.pacer.org/mpc/pdf/CulturallyResponsivePI.pdf
Why Culturally Responsive Parental Engagement? • Changing Demographics demand that VR staff alter preconceived notions about a child’s family experiences andstructure • By 2020, children of color will constitute 46% of the public school population. • Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. speak a maternal language that is not English.
Why Culturally Responsive Parental Engagement? Cont’d • Minorities, who currently account for 37% of the U.S. population, will comprise 57% of the population in 2060. • One in five Americans (19%) will be foreign born in 2050 (BLS, 2012; Pew Hispanic Center, 2011).
Why Culturally Responsive Parental Engagement? Cont’d • More and more parents speak languages other than English or may speak several English dialects. • The parents and families joining our schools may have had different, few, or no experiences with formal education thus bringing new expectations and challenges to transition programs • New immigrants may be undergoing cultural dissonance and acculturation
What are the Key Aims of CRPE? • Make a positive connection with parents • Provide a variety of culturally appropriate activities and frequent opportunities to fully engageparents • Sustain culturally appropriate parent engagement by addressing the common challenges to getting and keeping parents engaged
PE involves all stakeholders working together • Parents • School Staff • VR Professionals • Others
Things to Consider When Planning CRPE Intervention • What are your primary objectives • Who should be involved in parental engagement activities • How will you engage parents • When do you engage parents • What strategies are you going to use to engage parents • How will you implement those strategies
Key Goal of CRPE The Goal of CRPE is to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities: • Employment • Post-Secondary Education • Independent Living
Evaluating your CRPE Intervention • Who was involved? • Were objectives met? • Were the methods/strategies culturally responsive? • What needs to be modified? • What needs to be enhanced? • Were available resources well utilized? • What cultural competencies were developed?
Conclusion • Meaningful CRPE will enhance Student Success • The future economic and moral success of our nation depends on the success of every child • Rapid Demographics shifts witnessed today demand a workforce that is culturally competent. • Parents are more likely to participate when they feel that their cultures are respected, valued, and celebrated • Diverse cultural backgrounds of families require new strategies to encourage parental involvement