ERIC Number: EJ822759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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Community-Building in a Diverse Setting
Rule, Audrey C.; Kyle, Patricia B.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v36 n4 p291-295 Feb 2009
Research demonstrates that community-building in schools is an integral aspect of student success. Based on a foundation of research findings related to the importance of implementing community-building into all aspects of a school, community-building activities, including five specific classroom strategies (parent visits class to tell about child, weekly newsletter with interactive activities, bi-monthly open-house hour where children explain school work to parents, Valentine letters filled with true compliments, and a cultural celebration unit focused on Africa), were implemented in an urban magnet school. This school was moving toward racial integration as well as implementation of a Montessori education program. As predicted from research information, incorporating community-building strategies geared at creating a welcoming climate, at improving faculty interaction, at fostering collaborative classrooms, and towards on-going and open teacher/parent communication and collaboration resulted in positive outcomes in what could have otherwise been a difficult, negative or unproductive situation.
Descriptors: Magnet Schools, Racial Integration, Montessori Method, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, School Community Relationship
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