ERIC Number: ED439098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Families Supporting Inclusive Learning Communities. The SILC Road.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.; Colorado Univ., Denver.; PEAK Parent Center, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO.
This guide helps schools think about how effectively they ensure that all families in the community are welcomed into school efforts. It features four sections highlighting areas that are important when considering all families in school improvement efforts. Each section contains examples from schools which are doing well, items to respond to, and questions to consider when evaluating how well the school is doing. An introduction explains the importance of school inclusiveness. Section 1, "'Community' Means Valuing Everyone's Contribution," explains that families are important in making schools successful places for learning, and if any family is missing, then the school community is diminished. Section 2, "Keeping the Lines of Communication Open," notes the importance of ongoing communication that respects each family and is responsive to the needs of the community. Section 3, "Making Decisions to Improve the Learning of All Students," explains the need for diverse and representative decision-making groups. Section 4, "Evaluation: Taking the Temperature of the School," discusses the need for evaluating how well each student is doing and how each student and family feels about the school experience. Each section contains a score card for evaluating the school's effectiveness in becoming an inclusive learning environment. (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.; Colorado Univ., Denver.; PEAK Parent Center, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO.