A North Carolina school district was having trouble getting parents to school. So, officials decided to drive to them instead. Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools runs its own Parent Involvement Mobile Unit-a renovated school bus with eight computers, a television, desks, and even a long seat in the back for child care.
New immigrants can find it difficult to navigate the complex American school system, and it's even trickier when language and culture separate you from other parents, teachers, and administrators. One Rhode Island organization is offering classes for Southeast Asian parents to help them better understand their public schools.
The sites were selected through a national competition and rigorous proposal review process. "This two-generation project puts families at the forefront of learning together in an innovative and empowering way," said Sharon Darling , NCFL president and founder. "Family Service Learning has already been successful in cities such as and .