ERIC Number: ED377557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Family Conferences: Holding Oneself Accountable for Community.
Snyder, Jon D.
This paper describes the nature of "community," provides several examples of what such a community looks like in elementary schools, builds a case for the importance of family-school relationships in the building of community, and describes the family conference as one approach for building a community of learners. Data are based on 2 years of research in six New York city public alternative elementary schools. The schools are members of the Center for Collaborative Education. Data collection included observation; interviews with faculty, students, and family members; and document analysis. These schools respected the wisdom of families and their role in the education of youth. The schools sought to include families in the education of their children through pre-enrollment community-outreach programs and innovative admission procedures. Another way in which the schools engaged families in the school community was through the family conference, which avoided placing blame and focused instead on working together to help the child attain success in school. The goal of the conference was to involve parents and families in the support of their child in the school environment. Examples of interaction among students, teachers, and families are described. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).