National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Understanding Culture and Schools: Helping Your Children Adjust to their New Lives in the United States of America

Wollman, B. Y.
Year Published: Not Dated
Pittsburgh Refugee Collaborative, Jewish Family & Children's Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

According to the author of this booklet, navigating the school system and making the right educational decisions for their children is a challenge to native-born American parents. These decisions can be much more complicated for foreign-born parents. This booklet is designed to prepare families from other countries for some of the confusion they may experience when confronted with the American educational system and to acquaint them with what they can expect from American schools and what American schools will expect from them. The author writes that although the booklet was conceived with special concern for new Americans, it can be used by any professional who deals with a culturally diverse population. In the booklet, the author discusses cultural differences, common misconceptions by foreign-born parents about American schools, and strategies that foreign-born parents can use to help their children adjust to American schools.

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