What Kind of School Would You like for Your Children? Exploring Minority Mothers' Beliefs to Promote Home-School Partnerships

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The purpose of this article is to describe an approach that can be used by schools to understand low income minority parents' goals for the education of their children and to design responsive strategies to support these goals. Focus groups of minority mothers with low income levels are conducted and the information collected is used by schools for promoting dialogue and self-reflection to potentially improve the quality of the school's home-school partnerships. The article includes examples of information collected through focus groups with two groups of mothers: Latina and African-American. Findings from the focus groups are used to design home-school partnership practices more responsive to the needs and beliefs of minority parents with low income levels.