"A number of studies highlight the fact that an ongoing community / school
process is an important contributor to the success of a school working with
bilingual students. In effective schools, teachers have a strong commitment to
home-school communication, and parents are involved in formal parent support
activities. .. one of the ways in which a school demonstrates its commitment to
parental involvement is by hiring staff who can speak the parents' languages."
Cummins, J. Language,
Power and Pedagogy. Multilingual Matters