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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 echernof@gw.neric.org.

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How do we incorporate the social cultural contributions of family community into schools

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 echernof@gw.neric.org


Warm up getting started

Family & Community Into Schools?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 Partners/Authors (families’ stories)

  • Using biography & autobiography to make connections

  • Tapping hidden community resources

  • Incorporating culture through the Arts

  • Selecting & Using Materials


Warm up getting started
Warm-Up Getting Started Family & Community Into Schools?

  • What are your earliest memories of learning?

  • How/What did family members teach you?

  • What are the oral traditions in your family?


Warm up getting started

Parents As Partners Family & Community Into Schools?Building 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:

  • Being authors

  • Literacy partnerships

  • Writing authentic families stories


Using biography autobiography to make connections
Using Biography & Autobiography to Make Connections Family & Community Into Schools?

ABC’s of Cultural Understanding & Communication (P. Schmidt)

  • Begin with autobiography

  • Share with someone (parent) from a different culture through interview

  • Create Partnership

  • Use with children


Tapping hidden family community resources
Tapping Hidden Family & Community Resources Family & Community Into Schools?

Luis Moll (U. of Arizona) under utilized community resources (1994)

  • Expertise within the community (mining, medical knowledge, masonry, etc.)

  • Create thematic unit

  • Invite experts from the community

  • Design assignments for student based on content


Incorporating culture through the arts
Incorporating Culture Through the Arts Family & Community Into Schools?

  • Arts as a means by which a people express who they are (music, dance, song, drama, visual art)

  • Attaching value (Bode quote)

  • More “hidden resources”

  • Examples from different cultures & activities for the classroom


Selecting using materials
Selecting & Using Materials Family & Community Into Schools?

Select materials connected to the students’ home culture

Conveys respect & appreciation for “gifts” from different cultures

Examples:

  • Family Pictures (Carmen Lomas Garza)

  • A Chorus of Cultures (Alma Flor Ada)

  • Honoring Our Ancestors (H. Rohmer ed.)


Applications time permitting
Applications (time permitting) Family & Community Into Schools?

  • Honoring Our Ancestors

  • The Woman That Outshone the Sun


Summary quote
Summary Quote Family & Community Into Schools?

“…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)