ERIC Number: ED383497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Preparing Teachers for Working with Children of Migrant Families: Building a Home-School Connection.
The East Coast Migrant Head Start Project serves a diverse population of approximately 7,400 migrant children and their families as they traverse the East Coast from Florida to Maine. These families live a unique lifestyle and come from varied backgrounds that differ from the dominant culture. To meet the project goals, new teachers as well as returning staff need information about the children and families they serve and must develop an understanding of the conditions that are a part of the migrant lifestyle. In addition, staff turnover is high due to the seasonal nature of the work. Based on review and analysis of the research literature and on classroom observations, a series of training workshops was developed to prepare teachers for working with children of migrant families. Training strategies focused on providing accurate information about migrant families and their lifestyle; how the teacher's own background, culture, and training influence classroom practices; effective ways to build home-school relationships; and how to incorporate multicultural and unbiased activities and materials into the classroom environment. Several assessment tools were developed to gather information concerning teacher knowledge and practices, and to evaluate the training. The training took place at a Migrant Head Start Center in Bailey, North Carolina. Three administrators, three teachers, and one teacher aide participated in the 10 weekly training sessions, although administrator attendance was sporadic. Outcomes of the training and participant responses were favorable. Appendices include sample surveys, evaluations, training materials, and suggested resources. (KS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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