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In reply to Manorama Talaiver I believe one of the quickest ways to involve parents in the school is to give them a role in the decision making process. This is not always a straight forward option but if done with care then teachers and parents begin to feel as\ though they are both working towards the good of the children's education. Once people are making decisions they are more committed to seeing them succeed. But before this Nirvana can be reached various groups must understand the concerns that others have so that meaningful discussion can take place rather than the talking past each other phenomenon that can occur which makes community participation in a school overly difficult. This is where the meetings of groups must be carefully managed e.g. your reference to workshops. Much of what you do should not be first taken from texts or advice but based on what you know of a school. The past history and present arrangements of a school community should be fully considered before embarking on your course of action. All the Best Michael Gaffney Education Dept Otago University New Zealand firstname.lastname@example.org