NLA Discussion: 21st Century Act
wwlp at ix.netcom.com
Wed Apr 30 12:20:18 EDT 1997
John Comings wrote:
>I must admit that I think of family literacy as parents and young children.
>Are there examples of parents and middle school or high school children
>involved in a family literacy program?
>COMINGJO at HUGSE1.HARVARD.EDU
Although it is not called a "family literacy program" per se, the
Center for Language Minority Education and Research at California State
University in Long Beach, California has run for the past three years what
it calls the "Home-School-Community Collaboration Institute." In this mixture
of training and technical assistance, language minority parents and parents of
color work together with teachers, administrators and other school staff to
become actively involved in school governance and start making decisions within
school reform efforts.
One aspect of this program is funded by a grant from the Andrew Mellon
Foundation and involves immigrant parents and children at three middle schools
and two high schools. Starting from non-existent parent involvement and
language minority students farmed into non-academic programs (to lead them
unquestionably to be some of our adult students later down the line), the
program has increased the involvement of immigrant parents, the participation
of immigrant students in and their knowledge about academic programs, and the
mutual collaboration between teachers and parents.
For more information, contact Dr. J. David Ramirez (dramirez at csulb.edu
(310) 985-4544) or Gloria Inzunza-Franco (gifranco at csulb.edu, (310) 985-5808).
Marguerite Lukes, Coordinator Literacy Partners, Inc.
What Works Literacy Partnership phone: (212) 802-1113
30 East 33rd Street, 6th floor fax: (212) 725-0414
New York, NY 10016 e-mail: wwlp at ix.netcom.com
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