ERIC Number: ED473480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Home/School Communication for Literacy Development.
Schmidt, Patricia Ruggiano; Izzo, Andrea
This paper presents research in progress from a project which studies inclusive classrooms where culturally relevant literacy instruction is collaboratively planned and implemented. In such programs, teachers, preservice teachers, and professors analyze home and school connections for literacy learning. The core of this co-teaching process is known as the ABC's of Cultural Understanding and Communication. The process is based on the premise that knowing oneself is basic to the understanding of others. The purpose of this year-long project is the following: to strengthen connections between home, classroom, and community through the study of cultural differences and successful home/school connection models for literacy development; to strengthen and implement old skills and learn new skills for successful parent/family/teacher conferences in urban settings; co-create and co-teach culturally responsive literacy lessons to improve writing and reading achievement; document exemplary lessons and conferences with videos for teacher preparation; and analyze data from pre- and post-surveys, pre- and post-literacy tests, participant observations, videotapes, and reflection journal entries. (Contains 51 references.) (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Educational Research Conference (Honolulu, Hawaii, January 7-11, 2003).