ERIC Number: EJ816545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Reference Count: 11
Student-Parent-Teacher Partnerships: Creating Safe Classrooms and Communities
Hall, Horace R.
Democracy & Education, v18 n1 p46-49 Oct 2008
In this article, the author talks about "Safe Space," an after school program created by a parent-teacher advisory board which maintained that students needed a safe in-school environment where they could openly talk about their out-of-school lives. Being that the school's curriculum heavily focused on academic standards, students' affective issues went largely unaddressed. Thus, Safe Space was initiated to bring a balance to school life by engaging young people in open dialogue around school and community issues that personally concerned them (e.g., college and career preparation, teacher bias, bullying, gang recruitment, racial profiling, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence). Here, the author describes his experience in Safe Space and how the program provided a point of departure for imagining and perceiving genuine school democracy as something comprising a collective voice--educators, students, and families working in partnership to create what is valued and needed within a particular cultural community and context.
Descriptors: School Activities, Advisory Committees, Democracy, After School Programs, Educational Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Student Needs, Group Discussion, Social Problems, Violence, Bias, Substance Abuse
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