School, Family, and Community Interaction: A View from the Firing Lines

School, Family, and Community Interaction: A View from the Firing Lines

School, Family, and Community Interaction: A View from the Firing Lines

School, Family, and Community Interaction: A View from the Firing Lines

Synopsis

"Most Americans will agree that, among other things, a quality education begins with meaningful interaction between families and schools. Yet as the contributors to this volume point out, several aspects of contemporary American society undermine the critical relationship between schools, families and their communities, and these conditions contribute to the current crisis in American education. This book brings together educators, public officials and community activists who examine the erosion of these bedrock institutions, offering a diagnosis of and prescription for what ails American education. Blending theoretical analysis with practical insight, the authors of School, Family and Community Interaction consider the factors that encourage or compromise the relationship between today's schools and families. Included in their discussions are such key issues as the fragmentation of the family, the role of the family in children's development, minority and Spanish-speaking families' perspectives on schooling, family/school partnerships and the implementation of family/school/community partnership programs. This volume offers perspective and vision for anyone wishing to create conditions among families, schools and their communities conductive to the successful education of America's children. It is essential reading for education specialists, public officials and policymakers, educators and community advocates." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The essays in this volume are based on remarks and papers given at the annual Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference held in Los Angeles in March 1993.

The gathering is the professional development component of the Foundation's National Educator Awards program. Conceived by Lowell and Michael Milken in the early 1980s, the program was formally established in California in 1987 and offers substantial individual awards to professionals in elementary and secondary schools around the country. Its chief aims are to recognize and reward educators -- 150 in 1993 -- who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the education of children; to heighten public appreciation of the teaching profession thereby encouraging talented men and women to enter the field of education; and to contribute to the professional development of recipients by bringing them together with distinguished representatives of the profession and a range of public officials for a three-day conference exploring compelling education issues. The program honors educators in participating states, which, in 1993, numbered 25.

Lewis C. Solmon, President Milken Institute for Job & Capital Formation . . .

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