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ERIC Number: EJ871735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Supporting the Literacy Development of Children Living in Homeless Shelters
MacGillivray, Laurie; Ardell, Amy Lassiter; Curwen, Margaret Sauceda
Reading Teacher, v63 n5 p384-392 Feb 2010
There are approximately 1.5 million children in the United States who go to sleep each night without a home of their own (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2009). In this article, we provide insights into how educators can create greater classroom support, particularly in literacy learning and development, for this population. Drawing from our work with families living in homeless shelters in two diverse regions in the United States, we share the voices of: 1) a director of a homeless shelter; 2) a principal of a school with many students who are homeless; 3) a teacher who has many students in her classroom who do not have homes; 4) a parent living in a homeless shelter; and 5) a child living in a homeless shelter. Following each stakeholder's comments, we ask what teachers can learn from this. The article concludes with specific recommendations for educators. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987