‘School Access and Participation: Family Engagement Practices in the New Latino Diaspora’ is the title of a new research study by Rebecca Lowenhaupt.
It seems to be behind a paywall, but you can read a quite extensive summary here.
Here’s an excerpt:
In recent years the ‘Latino Diaspora’ has spread to states in the Midwest and Northeast, which have relatively little tradition of serving the needs of immigrants. Using Wisconsin as a case study, Rebecca Lowenhaupt examines how schools are supporting Latino students and their families. She finds that while schools largely ensure Spanish translation and interpretation of various school processes such as parent-teacher conferences, Spanish-speaking families tend not to join in key school activities such as meetings and events. She argues that schools with changing demographics have much to gain from seeking ways to foster active participation and agency among immigrant families by going beyond traditional methods of engagement.
Based on the summary, it doesn’t appear to share anything that most of us educators don’t already know, but it never hurts to have research backing effective strategies.