How Do We Incorporate the Social & Cultural Contributions of Family & Community Into Schools?. NCCRESt National Forum Leadership for Equity and Excellence Washington, D.C. February 8, 2007 Ellen Chernoff, Bil.Prof. Dev. Specialist [email protected]
How Do We Incorporate the Social & Cultural Contributions of Family & Community Into Schools?
NCCRESt National Forum
Leadership for Equity and Excellence
Washington, D.C. February 8, 2007
Ellen Chernoff, Bil.Prof. Dev. Specialist [email protected]
“The students’ cultural diversity and the families lived experience need to become part of the school, but more importantly they must become part of the classroom environment and the development of the curriculum .” (McCaleb, 1994)
Goals ( Intro to 5 Strategies)
Parents As PartnersBuilding Communities of Learners:A Collaboration among Teachers, Students, Families and CommunitySudia Paloma McCaleb (1994)
Worked with 1st grade teachers & Parents to create books for classroom reading
Began not with books but with dialogue:
In what ways do you feel you teach your children?
Talk about the ways school reflects or negates what you teach your children at home?
Publishing Dialogues led to:
ABC’s of Cultural Understanding & Communication (P. Schmidt)
Luis Moll (U. of Arizona) under utilized community resources (1994)
Select materials connected to the students’ home culture
Conveys respect & appreciation for “gifts” from different cultures
“…for all children it is not enough for educators… to develop a discrete set of academic skills. Rather education is about creating partnerships with families and communities so that our children reach their full social, artistic, linguistic, academic, and intellectual potential, while acquiring the cultural competencies needed to live in a multicultural society.” (Chernoff, 2005 in Preparing Educators to Communicate and Connect With Families and Communities)