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ERIC Number: ED497894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 192
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4789-0ISBN-978-0-8077-4789-6
Creating Welcoming Schools: A Practical Guide to Home-School Partnerships with Diverse Families
Allen, JoBeth
International Reading Association (NJ3)
This engaging, rich resource is designed for teachers, parents, and administrators in diverse schools or districts who know there is no quick fix for building lasting partnerships among families, schools, and communities. Going far beyond traditional "parent involvement programs," this essential volume offers ideas on how teachers and parents together can explore their rich and diverse cultural perspectives through storytelling and cultural memoir; shows how to establish and sustain genuine dialogue through school conferences, open houses, and classroom projects; suggests ways families, schools, and communities can collaborate for democratic schools and a more democratic society; includes "Action Opportunities" throughout for readers to actively engage with the ideas and make them their own; and links home-school partnerships with research demonstrating that building respectful and trusting relationships among families, schools, and communities leads to increased student achievement. After the Foreword (Concha Delgado-Gaitan) and Introduction ("Welcoming All Families"), this book is organized into the following chapters: (1) Exploring Memories of School; (2) Writing Cultural Memoirs; (3) Learning with and from Families; (4) Developing Photography and Other Avenues to Learning with Families; (5) Engaging in Genuine Dialogue; (6) Inviting Dialogue at the Conference Table; (7) Creating Dialogue throughout the Year; (8) Engaging Families; (9) Engaging Families in Classroom Projects; (10) Collaborating for a More Just Society; (11) Advocating and Teaching Together; and (12) Transforming Schools through "True Partnerships."
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A