ERIC Number: ED478649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Families, Schools, Communities Learning Together: Connecting Familites to the Classroom.
Landsverk, Ruth Anne
In recognition that character and knowledge are critical to shaping the whole child, the state of Wisconsin has made a commitment to developing partnerships to ensure that home and school build upon their mutual efforts with children and youth. This guide offers practical, useful strategies, tools, and examples of "what works" for uniting Wisconsin students, teachers, and parents around common goals presented by classroom management, Standards of the Heart, and youth service learning. The guide's introduction describes the work of the partnership action team, comprised of 8 to 10 persons (parents representing families attending the school, teachers from different grade levels, support staff, administrators, community members, and students) who use partnerships to strengthen family participation in classroom management or citizenship efforts. Part 1 of the guide focuses on classroom management and student discipline, and includes information on the connection between classroom management and teaching, the role of school counselors and psychologists, students' role and motivation, and the importance of good nutrition in classroom management. This part also compiles parents', teachers', and principals' ideas for classroom management and student discipline. Part 2 describes ways in which schools and parents can promote Standards of the Heart, the term describing the efforts and programs in school to foster positive character development, and offers tips for encouraging and recognizing family volunteers. This part also includes a 37-item annotated bibliography of children's literature appropriate for teaching character from prekindergarten through high school. Part 3 addresses youth service learning and describes how parents can be involved in youth service learning, delineates questions to assess the quality of service learning projects, and suggests ways to add meaning to learning projects. (KB)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Books, Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, State Standards, Values Education
Families in Education Program, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841. Tel: 800-441-4563 (Toll Free); Tel: 608-266-9757.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin