ERIC Number: ED446828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Finding Common Ground: How Faith Communities Support Children's Learning.
Noting that faith communities play a vital role in connecting to families and children and often become involved in and supportive of education issues important in their local community, this document discusses the development of partnerships involving public schools and faith-based communities. The document compiles a series of talking points for use as overheads. The topics discussed include the following: (1) religious expression in public schools; (2) student prayer and religious discussion; (3) graduation prayers; (4) official neutrality regarding religious activity; (5) teaching about religions; (6) student assignments; (7) religious literature; (8) religious excusals; (9) released time; (10) teaching values; (11) student garb; (12) Equal Access Act; (13) the appropriate role of faith communities in public education; (14) what partnerships involving public schools and faith-based communities should and should not do; (15) reminders for volunteers; (16) starting a volunteer program; (17) ensuring effectiveness and targeting resources; (18) action areas for promoting children's learning; (19) helping children learn after school; (20) helping children learn to read; (21) helping youth prepare for college; (22) promoting a safe, healthy environment; (23) the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education; and (24) information and publications available from the U.S. Department of Education. (KB)
Descriptors: After School Education, After School Programs, Children, Church Role, Churches, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Religious Organizations, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, State Church Separation, Volunteers
U.S. Department of Education, Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-8173. Tel: 800-872-5327 (Toll Free); email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://pfie.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.