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Category: FAMILIES

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  • Evidence of Learning at Seattle's South Shore School

    11/1/13

    In the 2011-2012 school year, South Shore enrolled approximately 700 students in grades pre-K through 8. Students at South Shore are predominantly African-American and Asian and are drawn mostly from southeastern Seattle.

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    Final report: How district-wide systems change impacted LRE for students with severe disabilities

    1/23/10 - Kozeski, Elizabeth B., Sullivan, Amanda L., Equity Alliance at ASU

    "This final report chronicles the outcomes of the second generation National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), Award Number # H326B020002. Built on the previous five years of innovative work from 1997-2002 (a $5 million award), NIUSI’s second round of funding ($3.5 million) produced important results that offer a district-wide blueprint for the design and delivery of least restrictive environments and access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities...

  • In the Best Interest of the Child: Individualized Education Program Meets When Parents Are In Conflict

    2/1/14 - Feinberg, Edward

    When divergent views between families and local educational agency (LEA) staff cause deadlock in the IEP process, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes available a continuum of dispute resolution options. These options range from collaborative approaches, e.g., mediation, to more adversarial ones, such as written State complaints and due process hearing requests.

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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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    Let's Try: Shadowing

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Some schools use this shadowing strategy regularly as part of their ongoing program evaluation. By having family members first experience and then share the information with other families and discuss “what it’s like to be a student here”, family concerns and satisfactions can be gathered and shared with school personnel.

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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: Conversation Cards

    1/14/10 - Ferguson, Dianne

    Conversation cards provide family members with information about the classroom schedule, the organization of the room, and common activities so they can ask more directed questions. This strategy works really well in elementary and sometimes middle schools to give families a way to hold a richer conversation with their children about the day’s events.

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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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