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

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ISBN-10: 0807747890

ISBN-13: 9780807747896

Edition: 2007

Authors: JoBeth Allen, Concha Delgado-Gaitan, Joseph Caruso

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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.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 5/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.15" wide x 9.00" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Introduction: Welcoming All Families
If You Are Reading This Book
Examining Family-School Relationships
Family-School Partnerships That Make a Difference
Reading This Book Together
Exploring Memories of School
A School Story
Exploring School Stories Together
Considering Cultural Differences
Using the Past to Understand the Present
Writing Cultural Memoirs
Reading Cultural Memoirs
Gathering Photographs
Talking About Cultural Influences
Writing and Sharing Cultural Memoirs
Variations on Cultural Memoir
Reflecting on Our Cultural Influences
Learning With and From Families
Culturally Relevant Teaching
Family Funds of Knowledge
Developing Photography and Other Avenues to Learning with Families
Photographs of Local Knowledge Sources (PhOLKS)
Valuing Family Differences
Learning from Other Cultural Informants
Solo Snapshots: Learning One Child, One Family, One Teacher at a Time
Engaging in Genuine Dialogue
Creating and Sustaining Dialogue
Creating Opportunities for Dialogue
Damaging or Destroying Dialogue
Learning Through Dialogue
Inviting Dialogue at the Conference Table
Parent and Teacher Conferences-Ghosts at the Table
Let the Learner Lead Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Let Evidence Support Dialogue
Creating Dialogue Throughout the Year
Open House: What Do Our Words Say?
School-Based Family Involvement Projects
Dialogue About Student Learning
Cultural Understanding, Cross-Cultural Dialogue
Engaging Families
"Tell Me About Your Child"
Home Reading Journals
Oral and Written Family Stories
Learning Albums for Family, Child, and Teacher Reflections
Literacy Conversations at Parent Meetings
Engaging Families in Classroom Projects
Writing Your Heritage
Creating Family Keepsakes
Authors in the Classroom
Collaborating for a More Just Society
Collaborating for Democratic Schools
Collaborating for a Democratic Society
From Cities to Single Classrooms
Advocating and Teaching Together
Parent Partnerships
Parent-School-Community Partnerships
Focused Partnerships-Math and Special Learning Needs
Transforming Schools Through "True Partnerships"
Transforming Schools for Student Achievement
Transforming Schools Through Culturally Grounded Partnerships
A School That Became a Family
Creating Welcoming Schools-How Will You?
Additional Resources for Families and Educators
About the Author