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ERIC Number: ED536947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 152
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Beyond the Building: A Facilitation Guide for School, Family, and Community Connections
Ferguson, Chris
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
As schools, families, and communities begin to come together, everyone benefits. A mother who teaches her son's class about traditional uses of native plants passes on important cultural knowledge and builds her own public speaking skills. A science class that tests the water quality at a nearby reservoir learns about local environmental issues, while contributing to the overall health of the community. And most importantly, as these school, family, and community connections start to happen, students receive the support they need to succeed in school and in life. Current research has shown that these efforts can positively impact student attendance, student performance, family-school relationships, and community support of school needs. The National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools (the Center) located at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) has designed this product to help practitioners, family members, teacher preparation faculty, professional development staff, community members, and other interested individuals to integrate information from current research into new and existing involvement efforts. This approach provides practical activities to integrate research-based concepts, strategies, and processes to strengthen school, family, and community connections. These materials will help introduce and explore key issues and strategies found in the Center's syntheses and align efforts to characteristics and actions common to effective family and community involvement programs. Individual sections contain references. [Beyond the Building: A Facilitation Guide for School, Family, and Community Connections was written with contributions from Catherine Jordan, Lacy Wood, Victor Rodriguez, and Joan Buttram.]
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. 4700 Mueller Boulevard, Austin, TX 78723. Tel: 800-476-6861; Fax: 512-476-2286; e-mail: connections@sedl.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools