ERIC Number: ED405079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Integration: Making the Pieces Fit.
Dwyer, M. Christine; Lash-Freeman, Bonnie
This paper discusses: (1) the importance of building a comprehensive web of support for families in family literacy programs (such as Even Start) that communicate consistent values and messages essential for educational success; and (2) how integration of program components can be developed and strengthened. The paper is organized around four major principles. For each principle, practical examples illustrate how the theories would be implemented in program practice. Principle 1 focuses on identifying family needs and building services around those needs. Principle 2 identifies intense experiences and a high degree of connection across services as a key to changing family attitudes and perspectives in lasting ways. Principle 3 involves providing continuity through a set of common messages and values presented and reinforced in all program components. Principle 4 specifies that integration requires connections across program components. The five implications of these principles for program design and management are: (1) the need for increased planning time; (2) building and nurturing a strong staff team; (3) the need for cross-staff training; (4) a supervision style that extends the web of support to staff; and (5) developing integrated approaches and common messages across various collaborators. The paper concludes with a list of resources. (Contains 23 references.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: Adults, Cooperation, Educational Principles, Family Attitudes, Family Literacy, Family Needs, Family Programs, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Education, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Development, Program Improvement, Staff Development, Supervision, Teamwork, Theory Practice Relationship, Young Children
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.; RMC Research Corp., Portsmouth, NH.