Creating Welcoming Schools : A Practical Guide to Home-School Partnerships with Diverse Families

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-15
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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This engaging and rich resource details how schools and diverse families throughout the country have formed partnerships that support and enhance student learning. It is designed for teachers who care deeply about students and welcome diverse families as partners, for parents who want to be active partners in educating their children, and for administrators in diverse schools or districts who know there is no quick fix for building lasting partnerships among families, schools, and the community.

Author Biography

JoBeth Allen is a professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Welcoming All Familiesp. 1
If You Are Reading This Bookp. 2
Examining Family-School Relationshipsp. 3
Family-School Partnerships That Make a Differencep. 6
Reading This Book Togetherp. 9
Exploring Memories of Schoolp. 11
A School Storyp. 12
Exploring School Stories Togetherp. 14
Considering Cultural Differencesp. 17
Using the Past to Understand the Presentp. 20
Writing Cultural Memoirsp. 23
Reading Cultural Memoirsp. 25
Gathering Photographsp. 26
Talking About Cultural Influencesp. 27
Writing and Sharing Cultural Memoirsp. 29
Variations on Cultural Memoirp. 31
Reflecting on Our Cultural Influencesp. 35
Learning With and From Familiesp. 39
Culturally Relevant Teachingp. 41
Family Funds of Knowledgep. 42
Developing Photography and Other Avenues to Learning with Familiesp. 52
Photographs of Local Knowledge Sources (PhOLKS)p. 53
Valuing Family Differencesp. 56
Learning from Other Cultural Informantsp. 58
Solo Snapshots: Learning One Child, One Family, One Teacher at a Timep. 60
Engaging in Genuine Dialoguep. 65
Creating and Sustaining Dialoguep. 66
Creating Opportunities for Dialoguep. 71
Damaging or Destroying Dialoguep. 74
Learning Through Dialoguep. 79
Inviting Dialogue at the Conference Tablep. 82
Parent and Teacher Conferences-Ghosts at the Tablep. 83
Let the Learner Lead Parent-Teacher-Student Conferencesp. 86
Let Evidence Support Dialoguep. 87
Creating Dialogue Throughout the Yearp. 93
Open House: What Do Our Words Say?p. 94
School-Based Family Involvement Projectsp. 96
Dialogue About Student Learningp. 101
Cultural Understanding, Cross-Cultural Dialoguep. 103
Engaging Familiesp. 106
"Tell Me About Your Child"p. 107
Home Reading Journalsp. 108
Oral and Written Family Storiesp. 112
Learning Albums for Family, Child, and Teacher Reflectionsp. 113
Literacy Conversations at Parent Meetingsp. 114
Engaging Families in Classroom Projectsp. 116
Writing Your Heritagep. 117
Creating Family Keepsakesp. 120
Authors in the Classroomp. 122
Collaborating for a More Just Societyp. 125
Collaborating for Democratic Schoolsp. 127
Collaborating for a Democratic Societyp. 131
From Cities to Single Classroomsp. 134
Advocating and Teaching Togetherp. 139
Parent Partnershipsp. 140
Parent-School-Community Partnershipsp. 143
Focused Partnerships-Math and Special Learning Needsp. 148
Transforming Schools Through "True Partnerships"p. 151
Transforming Schools for Student Achievementp. 152
Transforming Schools Through Culturally Grounded Partnershipsp. 155
A School That Became a Familyp. 160
Creating Welcoming Schools-How Will You?p. 161
Additional Resources for Families and Educatorsp. 163
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 180
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