[This book] has opened new avenues for empowering teachers and parents.
Qualitative Studies in Education
After four years of studying "the students [they] worried about most," Betty Shockley, Barbara Michalove, and JoBeth Allen began to consider the importance of children's literacy experiences outside of school. While their students talked regularly about home literacy events, there was no real link between home and school: no way to learn what families valued and practiced, no way to communicate how their children were becoming literate in school.
Engaging Families details how these teachers and the students' families developed respected partnerships in the teaching/learning process. The authors share what they learned about creating an extended literacy community, identifying the primary themes in literacy development and suggesting parallel practices to reinforce them. But Engaging Families is not a prescriptive text, it is a description of one particular effort, featuring actual voices of children and parents.
I. Focus on Relationships 1. Respecting and Learning from Families 2. Partners in Literacy: Home and School 3. Creating Parallel Practices II. Family Portraits 4. Adrian: The Moral of the Story 5. Lakendra: ". . . and as always we were pleased" 6. Cathy: A Book Buddy III. Literacy Connections 7. Family-Teacher Connections 8. Family-Child Connections 9. Children-Teacher Connections 10. Reader-Book Connections IV. Issues of Policy and Practice 11. Partnerships, Not Programs 12. Questions and Answers and More Questions Appendixes: A. Dennis's Family Reading Journal B. Studying the Extended Research Community: Research Process
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