ERIC Number: ED359009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Building Bridges: The Yakima Equity Study. The Conditions of Success for Migrant, Hispanic, and Native American Students in the Yakima Valley.
Vadasy, Patricia; Maddox, Mary
This report presents the findings of an in-depth qualitative study of issues related to educational equity for migrant, Native American and Hispanic children. Equity is defined as the provision of those resources essential for all students to fully participate in school and later, in society. Data were collected through interviews with 88 staff members, parents, and other key informants in 5 school districts in the Yakima Valley (Washington). The metaphor of a bridge is used to represent the structure that makes it possible for migrant, Native American, and limited-English-proficient students to experience positive educational outcomes. The bridge to these outcomes consists of pillars that support the schools' day-to-day efforts and that schools can influence through their policies. Pillars include parents who support education, parents who are organized, a community that values pluralism, and community-school partnerships. The bridge span consists of conditions that schools can directly control such as parent involvement; a positive multicultural environment; flexible programs that accommodate diversity; programs for Native American, bilingual, and migrant students; support for struggling students; equal access to programs; dropout prevention; supplemental funds; local leadership; strategic planning for equity; ethnically diverse staff; and staff skills and commitments. Sections of this report define the problems in meeting desirable conditions and provide recommendations, including comments from study participants. Appendices include a profile of the Yakima Valley, the background of Indian education programs, and other information relevant to the study. (LP)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Migrant Education, Multicultural Education, Outcomes of Education, School Community Relationship, School Districts
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Research Inst., Seattle.
Identifiers - Location: Washington