ERIC Number: ED341744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
The Partnership for Family Reading: A Collaboration of Montclair State and Newark Public Schools. Guide to Replication.
Handel, Ruth D.
This manual reflects the experiences of participants in the Partnership for Family Reading a collaborative project between Montclair State College (New Jersey) and a group of Newark, New Jersey public schools, and is designed to serve as a guide to those who wish to start Family Reading Projects. In 1988, the Partnership for Family Reading began to operate as a school-based and college-supported program of services for adult family members and their young children. With the goal of involving parents and other adult family members in the reading process, Partnership schools instituted informal workshops or demonstration sessions in which adult caregivers became familiar with quality children's books and learned ways of reading and discussing them with their children. The instructional focus was on reading comprehension, and all reading strategies were presented in the context of reading enjoyable children's fiction and non-fiction. Over the course of the project, 26 classrooms in 7 Newark schools held workshops, the majority of them for kindergarten and first grade students. In all, 80 programs were presented. Other aspects of the project were joint activities for parents and children and staff development in the schools. Specific guidelines are given for the establishment and evaluation of Partnership programs. Although the original program officially ended in December 1990, Family Reading Activities continue in most of the schools. Seven appendices provide tips for success in in-school work with families, a logistics and management checklist, the Home Reading Survey, staff and parent evaluation forms, selected resources for family programs and children's literature, and outlines of family reading material and workshops. (SLD)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, College School Cooperation, Elementary Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Higher Education, Literacy Education, Literature Appreciation, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, Reading Material Selection, Reading Programs, Supplementary Education, Urban Schools, Workshops
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ.