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ERIC Number: EJ873647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Learning to Roar
Cowhey, Mary
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n5 p56-60 Jan 2010
In K-12 education, there is a saying. How can teachers close the "achievement gap"? In other words, if the students' parents speak little or no English, often lack formal education, and are strained by poor health, violence, inadequate housing and transportation, and the stresses of living in poverty, how can teachers be expected to bring those students up to speed with their peers? In the author's school district, teachers and parents found a way to change the question to: "How can their community support the grassroots leadership development and organizing efforts of low-income parents and guardians to close the "opportunity gap"?" Together they learned to roar. In 2007, two local parents, a colleague, and the author created Families with Power/Familias con Poder (FWP), an effort to empower low-income families of color to take action to help their children succeed in school. Although FWP is fairly small--and not planning to get very big--some see it as revolutionary, with its twin goals of grassroots parent empowerment and increasing student achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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