ERIC Number: ED433966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Faith Communities Joining with Local Communities To Support Children's Learning: Good Ideas.
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Faith communities can play an important role in communities by encouraging families to be involved in their children's learning and by forming partnerships that enhance the potential for family and community involvement in children's education. To support these efforts, this publication provides faith community leaders and members with ideas, tips, examples, and resources for getting involved in education. The first section, "Examples from the Field," highlights some examples of the leadership role that national religious organizations have provided to their local faith communities, as well as programs that local faith communities have established in support of schools and children's learning. The second section, "Faith Communities Support for Children's Learning," discusses ways that faith communities can support children's learning, including appropriate roles for faith communities, building partnerships, action areas that promote family and community involvement in children's learning, and structured activities for a faith community. The third section, "Priority Education Issues," discusses priority areas identified by the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, including after-school learning, the America Reads Challenge, and safe and drug-free schools efforts. The fourth section, "Resources and References," provides a number of resources to help a faith community support children's learning, including Statement of Principles on Religious Expression in Public Schools, The Equal Access Act, and a list of organizations that can answer questions about religious expression in public schools. (LPP)
Descriptors: Church Role, Community Involvement, Community Role, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Religious Organizations, School Community Relationship
U.S. Department of Education, Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8173. Tel: 800-USA-LEARN (Toll Free); e-mail: Partner@ed.gov; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.