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Area: SCHOOL:School, Community Connections and Partnerships

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    Lets Try: Community Options

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    This idea comes in two parts: (1) create a Community Assets Map, and (2) begin to schedule school meetings and events in community locations.

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    Lets Try: A Family Room

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Schools need to welcome families, and many schools are not very welcoming. One way is to create a space in the school where family members can come to meet and talk with other families, teachers, and other community members and professionals

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    Lets Try: Family Connections Newsletter

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools use newsletters, consider adding the following sections or columns that focus on “Family Connections.” Report summaries of what you learn from parents. Offer descriptions and explanations of school initiatives and policies. Suggest things families can do together at home that will reinforce student learning.

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    Lets Try: Family Fad Classes

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Lots of schools have special classes or times during the year when teachers get to offer a class or a series of classes on favorite topics like gardening, dancing, stargazing, photography, or knitting, to name a few. Encourage family members to offer Family Fad Classes on topics they treasure and enjoy. The list could be endless and tailored to every age level. The classes could be a single session or a series.

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