ERIC Number: ED443811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Inviting Families and Community Members to the Table.
This paper describes the School Community Partnership Development (SCPD) and the Deaf Parent to Hearing Parent Project (DPHPP), which are sources for school improvement and parent education and for the organization and empowerment of communities for long-term change. Families involved in the SCPD engage in math and science activities throughout their children's education. The program is designed to enable parents to be co-participants in school change for improved math and science education at home and school. Through SCPD, parents develop their capacity for leadership within the school and their ability to strategize for change within school structures. The DPHPP focuses on improved family and school life and learning for students who are deaf; 90 percent of whom are born to hearing parents whose knowledge of deafness is based on a societal view of deafness as a disability. Most recently, the research and education communities have begun looking to deaf parents who have raised deaf children to understand the indigenous knowledge they bring to raising deaf children. The DPHPP brings both groups of parents together for workshops developed and run by deaf parents and professionals. The workshops help create one community of parents raising deaf children. (Contains 31 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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 24-28, 2000).