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    Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education: An Orientation for Parents

    1/6/09 - JoEtta Gonzales, Elaine Mulligan

    This presentation addresses three questions: What is the nature of disproportionate representation in our nation’s schools?What are parents’ legal rights for preventing inappropriate placement ? What are some resources and guidelines that parents and students can access to help prevent inappropriate placement?

  • Districtwide Instructional Reform: Using Sociocultural Theory to Link Professional Learning to Organizational Support

    1/1/08 - Gallucci, Chrysan

    No Child Left Behind Act accountability pressures and calls to close achievement gaps between groups of students have challenged school districts to achieve systemwide instructional improvement. These policies create learning challenges for classroom teachers and for school and district leaders. This article engages questions about organizational support for professional learning in the context of reform initiatives. A theoretical lens--called the Vygotsky Space--is used to analyze case...

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    Diversity: School, Family, & Community Connections

    1/5/09 - Martha Boethel

    This is the third in a series of reports to help local school, community, and family leaders obtain useful research-based information about key educational issues. This synthesis focuses specifically on three categories: race or ethnicity, culture (including language), and socioeconomic status. The report also explores barriers to involvement for minority and low-income families, strategies that have been used to address those barriers, and recommendations that local educational leaders can...

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    Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections

    1/5/09 - Catherine Jordan, Evangelina Orozco, Amy Averett

    "This is the first in a series of research syntheses that will examine key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. The issues highlighted in this synthesis represent critical areas of work in family and community connections with schools where clarification, agreement, and further development are needed, as well as promising new directions that are emerging. It is based on a review of over 160 publications"

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    Empowering Families of Children with Health or Mental Health Needs to Partner with Schools

    1/2/09 - Chandra Keller-Allen

    This presentation addresses importance of family engagement to assist children with mental health needs in the school

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    Empowering Parents

    1/1/05 - Washington Educational Telecommunications Association

    Reading is a critical skill for everyone. From the moment your child is born, there are simple things you can do to help him become a good reader. You can also watch for signs that he may have trouble learning to read, so that you can get help early.

  • Encouraging Meaningful Parent/Educator Collaboration: A Review of Recent Literature

    7/1/11 - Hedeen, Timothy; Moses, Phillip; Peter, Marshall

    All parents can and should participate meaningfully in their children’s education, including those whose children receive special education services. The value of parent participation has been recognized under law since 1975, most recently as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (Coots, 2007). Many scholars and professionals in the field of special education have explored various approaches to collaboration since then, and research has demonstrated the benefits for...

  • Helping Struggling Middle School Literacy Learners Achieve Success

    1/1/09 - Palumbo, Anthony, Sanacore, Joseph

    Teachers can help minority children close the academic achievement gap in intermediate and middle school by combining literacy instruction and content-area material. This connection improves reading achievement and increases curriculum knowledge, even if students have previously experienced difficulty with primary school reading. Fortunately, upper-elementary and middle-level learners are still naturally curious, are developing cognitively, and have acquired some basic reading skills...

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    Investing in Young Children: A Fact Sheet on Early Care and Education Participation, Access, and Quality

    11/1/13 - Schmidt, Stephanie; Matthews, Hannah

    High quality early care and education can play a critical role in promoting young children’s early learning and success in life, while also supporting families’ economic security.1 Young children at highest risk of educational failure – those experiencing poverty and related circumstances that may limit early learning experiences – benefit the most from high quality early care and education programs.2 This fact sheet provides information about the percentages of young children in...

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    Let's Try: A Marketed Bibliography

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    This idea of a marketred bibliography involves persuading others to read and talk about new ideas by making it attractive and enticing – by “marketing” your task to them the way commercial companies market their products to entice us to buy them.

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    Let's Try: Getting Creative with Family Volunteers

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    School personnel need a long and varied menu of ways families can contribute beyond the traditional options of things like helping in classrooms, reading to students, or doing paperwork in the office. The presence of more family members in school increases the ratio of adult to students. Almost regardless of what they do when at school, their presence – their willingness to interact with students while they are there – will make a difference.

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    Let's Try: Kindergarten Books

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Welcome books have pictures of the principal, secretaries, Kindergarten teachers, lunchroom manager, librarian and janitors – everyone that a new student needs to get to know. Under each picture, the duties or responsibilities of each person are listed, and how their duties relate to the child. The book can include whatever will help the student familiarize themselves with the new school. It could include maps of the school or community, description of special school events or routines...

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    Let's Try: Mentors

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    The mentors strategy teams up more familiar and comfortable family members with those who need some help getting to know the system. It’s best to match up family members who share similar cultural and/or language background. Teachers or other school personnel can be mentors as well, but family-to-family is often the most successful.

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    Let's Try: Mini Surveys

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Learning what families think about the school and their children’s progress is important information for school personnel, and we need to work harder to gather it! So, instead of sending home a long survey, use opportunities when family members are already present in the school to collect their responses on a couple of survey questions that they can complete quickly and move on.

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    Let's Try: Office Greeters

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    To make sure the school is a welcoming place for family members to visit, arrange for family members to volunteer as office greeters during busy arrival and dismissal times or other times when there are likely to be a lot of visitors. Having family members act as office greeters to other families helps strengthen the connections with community and support often busy school personnel because they can take more time with family member visitors, making sure they get to where they need to go and...

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    Let's Try: Pajama Party

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Host a pajama party for elementary school students and families in the evening. Everyone is invited to come in their pajamas to hear bedtime stories and have cookies and milk. Families are encouraged to bring their favorite storybook or offer a favorite oral story in their native language. This activity could be extended to junior high by turning it into a movie night, along with popcorn and other snacks and followed by a discussion of the movie.

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