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Literacy in the Welcoming Classroom Creating Family-School Partnerships That Support Student Learning

ISBN-10: 0807750778
ISBN-13: 9780807750773
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 4/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Nearly every reform effort espouses the importance of parent involvement.” This research-based guide is essential reading for teachers and administrators who want to make welcoming classrooms a reality. With a focus on literacy instruction, it showcases stories of what works” when teachers in elementary school classrooms throughout the country partner with families across cultural and language differences. The author showcases effective strategies that educators can adapt to fit their own school communities. This book is perfect for professional study groups, parent–teacher discussions, and whole-school workshops. This follow-up to JoBeth Allen’s bestselling Creating Welcoming Schools features up-to-date research on family involvement that has been shown to make a difference for students’ literacy learning, and demonstrates how teachers and families can collaborate through projects such as dialogue journals, photography and writing projects, and critical literacy inquiry.

JoBeth Allen teaches in the language education department at the University of Georgia. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of progressive education and democratic pedagogy, and the implications for students who struggle as readers and writers.

Katherine Bomer, author of Hidden Gems and Starting with What Students Do Best, is one of the field's most gifted writers as well as one of its most gifted teachers of writing. In more than two decades of teaching and consulting, she has used her writers' eye to focus on how craft isn't just an instructional goal but an instructional tool that allows writers to go grow well beyond the range of most publically available assessments. An internationally known consultant and frequent keynote speaker, Katherine began her consulting career with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In addition to Writing a Life, she is the coauthor of the Heinemann title For a Better World (with Randy Bomer) and delivers on-site PD through Heinemann Professional Development Services. A published poet and essayist, Katherine is also coauthor (with Lucy Calkins) of A Writer's Shelf. She began over fifteen years ago as a professional developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. A classroom teacher for ten years, she now works with teachers in elementary and middle schools throughout the country. As a frequent speaker at conferences and institutes, she combines a teacher's practical advice, a writer's love of language, and a powerful plea for social justice. EC0

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Family-School Literacy Partnerships
Living This Book as a Dialogue
DEAR Reader Chapter Structure
Picture a Partnership for Learning
Partnership to Foster Learning
Discuss Parental Involvment Practices at Your School
Explore Partnerships That Lead to Literacy Learning
Act to Explore Literacy Learning Partnerships
Read to Learn More
Develop Trusting Relationships
Discuss How We Can Learn About Each Other
Explore Ways Teachers and Families Build Community
Act to Build Relationships
Read to Learn More
Build on Family Knowledge, Languages, and Literacies
Discuss How You Currently Build on Family Language and Literacies
Explore Family Funds of Knowledge
Act to Learn from Family Visits
Read to Learn More
Partner Through Photography
Discuss the Potential of Photography
Explore Family-School Partnerships Through Photography
Preparation for Photographing Out-of-School Lives
Act to Partner Through Photography
Read to Learn More
Partner Through Journals
Discuss Current Family Involvement in Reading and Writing
Explore Family-Schools Journals
Act to Partner Through Journals
Read to Learn More
Invite Family Voices Into Literacy Practices
Discuss Your Classroom Literacy Structures
Explore Invitations to Extend Classroom Literacy Structures
Act to Develop Home-Classroom Literacy Partnerships
Read to Learn More
Engage Families in Critical Literacy Inquiry
Discuss How Families Participate in Critical Literacy Inquiries
Explore How Teachers Invite Families Into Critical Literacy Inquiries
Act to Engage Families in Critical Literacy Inquiries
Read to Learn More
Make the Most of Conferences
Discuss Parent-Teacher Conferences at Your School
Explore How Others Have Made the Most of Conferences
Act to Make the Most of Conferences
Read to Learn More
Strengthening Partnerships: What Will We Do Next Year?
What Difference Have Family-School Partnerships Made?
A Planning Retreat to Advance
Extending the Dialogue
References
Index
About the Author

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