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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.

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culturally responsive parental engagement

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
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
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
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

what is culturally responsive parental engagement crpe
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.


why culturally responsive parental engagement
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
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 d1
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
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
PE involves all stakeholders working together
  •       Parents
  •       School Staff
  •       VR Professionals
  •       Others
things to consider when planning crpe intervention
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
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
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?

• 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