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Supporting the Success of All Students Through Effective

Family Engagement and Communication

Presented by

Seena Skelton, The Equity Alliance at ASU and

Mel Lewis, Davis Joint Unified School District

August 10, 2011

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Compose a “Tweet”140 characters or less. Who are you?What does appreciating diversity mean to you?
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District Equity Goal

Staff and students will respect and understand the importance of diverse cultures by consciously creating inclusive and equitable learning environments and systems that value and engage all students and their families.

District Responsiveness Goal

The District will provide a culture and processes that are open, proactive, equitable and responsive to student needs and interests, (and that acknowledge the) contributions and concerns of families and the community.

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In culturally responsive schools, teaching and learning occur in a culturally-supported, learner-centered context, whereby the strengths all students bring to school are identified, nurtured, and utilized to promote student success.

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Understanding Culture as the Dynamic Ingredient in Human Interaction

Cultural Histories

What people bring

with them

What’s already

there

The work people

do together

The Institutional Culture

The Culture We Create

Equity Alliance at ASU

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Understanding Culture as the Dynamic Ingredient in Human Interaction

Cultural Histories

What people bring

with them

Equity Alliance at ASU

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Exploring personal identities

Activity

Education

Equity Alliance at ASU

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Understanding Culture as the Dynamic Ingredient in Human Interaction

What’s already

there

The Institutional Culture

Equity Alliance at ASU

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Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Power & Privilege Activity

In small group:

Discuss the article

Key points

Provocative statements

Generate a list of conditions of privilege that your assigned group may experience.

unpacking the invisible knapsack group discussion
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Group Discussion
  • Groups
  • White
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Middle Class SES
  • Male
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Understanding Culture as the Dynamic Ingredient in Human Interaction

The work people

do together

The Culture We Create

Equity Alliance at ASU

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All families and students feel…

Equity Alliance at ASU

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Gapsin opportunities present challenges for students and families.

Lack of information

“The student’s parents don’t speak English. I can’t communicate with them.”

Educators’ Beliefs

Parents who care about their children’s education attend parent-teacher conferences.

School/District Practices

Housing New Comers Program in one school in the district. Students attend that school, irrespective of their neighborhood.

School/District Policies

Identification procedures for Gifted Programs that include cut of scores on standardized test.

Access to Resources

AP and IB Course Fees.

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Culturally responsive family engagement includes three key qualities:

Focusing on building trusting, collaborative relationships among teachers, families, and community members

Recognizing, respecting, and addressing families\' strengths and needs, as well as class and cultural differences

Embracing a philosophy of partnership where power and responsibility are shared

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Establishing a welcoming and family friendly school community

  • Inviting facilities
  • Availability and Time
  • Two-way communication with Families
  • Varied and frequent opportunities for positive interactions
  • Engaging families in their students’ learning experiences
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Capacity to address language diversity

Understanding differences in communication styles

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Equity exists, in part, to the degree that all students feel they belong, are included, and are empowered.
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