12/15/2009

An after-school program in Carrollton, Texas, helps preschool students who speak Arabic and are Ismaili -- a minority sect of Shiite Islam -- learn English and prepare for school while promoting parental involvement in their children's education. Instruction at the Ismaili Learning Center for Parents and Children -- one of a number of similar programs for Ismaili immigrants around the country -- is based on traditional teaching combined with Montessori methods. At least one parent accompanies each student for lessons, which include Spanish as an additional language and help immigrant parents assimilate into their communities.

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