ERIC Number: ED257917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Children, Families, and Public Schools: Building Community Alliances for Learning. The National Education Association's Annual Conference on Human and Civil Rights in Education (23rd, February 22-24, 1985). NEA Report.
National Education Association, Washington, DC.
This conference addressed the problems of children whose circumstances limit their ability to learn, their access to equal educational opportunity, and their basic civil rights, and the role of National Education Association (NEA) members and their communities in solving these problems. The keynote address by Blandina Cardenas Ramirez, excerpted here, considered how education employees can address the needs of children whose education has been hampered by discrimination. Summaries of the following seminar sessions are provided: (1) the effects of hunger on children's learning; (2) child abuse and neglect; (3) overcoming racial, cultural, and economic alienation; (4) missing children, runaways, teenage suicides, and pregnant students; (5) children left alone: latchkey problems; (6) drug and alcohol abuse; (7) special needs of children; (8) overcoming the school obstacle course: testing, screening, and tracking; (9) maintaining cultural identity in school integration; (10) bringing families into the teaching-learning process; (11) reporting problems and identifying resources for assistance; (12) opening new technology to minorities and women; and (13) early childhood education: a path out of poverty. Excerpts from speeches on children's legislative issues (Marian Wright Edelman) and community and school responses (U.S. Representative George Miller) are given. Examples are provided of specific planning models for analyzing an issue and setting goals. The concluding speech by NEA Vice President Keith Geiger focuses on the need for school employees and communities to collaborate in improving the education of students with difficult circumstances. Lists of relevant resources and of panelists accompany each seminar summary. (RDN)
Descriptors: Alienation, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Community Involvement, Community Role, Disadvantaged Youth, Drinking, Drug Abuse, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Ethnicity, Federal Legislation, Hunger, Minority Group Children, Multicultural Education, Parent School Relationship, Pregnant Students, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Social Problems, Student Needs, Suicide, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role, Technology, Track System (Education)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.