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Families in the Driver's Seat: Emerging Principles for Equitable Collaboration

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Strong family-school relations are critical to student success. However, traditional approaches to parent involvement are often deficit-based and cater to the school’s agenda. This study approached nondominant parents as powerful actors with the capacity to influence school decisions. Using the lens of equitable collaboration, we conducted a community-based design research study to examine a collaborative process of creating a parent education curriculum. Results suggest three emerging design principles: prioritizing family goals, positioning parents as experts, and balancing power. These principles have important implications for creating more equitable collaboration between families, educators, and school leaders.

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