Writen by By Alexandra Rice, One way the group chips away at barriers between home and school is through its flagship parent-mentor program, which trains parents to work in classrooms alongside teachers. While it’s not uncommon for parents to volunteer to work in middle-class, suburban classrooms on a regular basis, the practice is not as common in many urban communities, particularly those populated by immigrants coming from cultures where the tradition has been to leave schooling to the educators.

As part of the LSNA program, the trained parents are assigned to a classroom where they work with the teacher and students for two hours in the mornings, Monday through Thursday. As an enticement, parents are paid a small stipend for their work.

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