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Ncte 2010 -_middle_school_parents_as_partners

  1. 1. 1 Parents as Partners in Middle School Karen Caine NCTE 2010
  2. 2. 2 Parents as Partners in Middle School Literacy How do parents see their role? How does school personnel see the role of parents? How do students see parental involvement in literacy in middle school?
  3. 3. 3 What is happening CURRENTLY? Middle school parent involvement significantly less than in elementary school. School personnel communicate with parents regarding three factors: 1) grading and evaluation 2) general communication regarding policy 3) fundraising
  4. 4. 4 1. The Million Words Project - Deborah Bora “In a million words or less, tell us about your child...” Parents talked about the expected and the unexpected. 65%-90% return rate In cases where written English was not strong, parents dictated to students
  5. 5. 5 Excerpts... Seems very secure but always compares himself to his sister who is older, makes friends easily and does better in school...has ADD but cannot take medication... Simon had a tragedy in his life two years before we moved here and it still frightens him at the night... Parker is obsessed with music...
  6. 6. 6 2. Family Conversation/Talk About It In the news “This I Believe” essays Would you rather? Book of Lists
  7. 7. 7 3. Student Led Conferences Students discuss what they have learned, areas of strength, and areas of challenge Teachers discuss the same Parents are afforded time with the teacher alone
  8. 8. 8 What are the benefits?
  9. 9. 9 4. Showcase Student Work A few students each month One grade at a time The whole school
  10. 10. 10 - like projects like projects
  11. 11. 11 5. Book Clubs - Parents, Students, or Both ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL, ONE COMMUNITY - Katrina Hatch, Reading Specialist, Caledonia - Mumford Middle School
  12. 12. 12 PEAK, by Roland Smith
  13. 13. 13 SEER OF SHADOWS, by Avi
  14. 14. 14 Community Members Lead Book Discussions
  15. 15. 15 What’s your story, Cal- Mum?
  16. 16. 16 Student-Parent Field Trips
  17. 17. 17 6. Guest Speakers
  18. 18. 18 7. Parent Visiting Days Parents can visit at any point in the day and are encouraged to do so. There is coffee and a staff member who greets parents and a short video clip for parents to watch when they are not in the classrooms Nametags are provided and conversation is encouraged among parents
  19. 19. 19 8. Response to Community Issues Suicide prevention Bullying issues Other community or early teen issues
  20. 20. 20 Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide “Two representatives for the Society of Teen Suicide spoke on Wednesday, October 7, 2010. The presentation was entitled, Not My Kid, What Every Parent Should Know About Youth Suicide...”
  21. 21. 21 9. Helping the Local Community On-going projects One time projects Projects that align with curriculum Projects that are not directly related to curriculum
  22. 22. 22 Ways to Begin Schools become more involved in local community and see where this leads Hold an informal meeting with parents and ask them how they would like to be partners with the school in terms of literacy Identify parental interests and abilities
  23. 23. 23 Considerations Give parents or students something for attending the activity. Invite or work with only a small group of students and parents at one time - for example grade level activities Single gender activities
  24. 24. 24 Further Study Website: (google search parent involvement & literacy) Books Beyond the Bakesale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships by Anne T. Henderson, Don Davies, Vivian R Johnson, & Karen L Mapp At NCTE