Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Article excerpt

Welcome to the first online-only issue of The School Community Journal! We at the Academic Development Institute are very excited about the flexibility and opportunities this open access format will provide for us and our readers. Soon a search engine allowing key word searches of all of our past issues, archived online, will also be available.

This issue contains a couple of recurring themes, both concerned with the end goal of helping students learn successfully: helping prepare preservice and inservice teachers to partner with families and communities, and addressing issues of cultural differences to better connect and collaborate within a school community.

Eberly, Joshi, and Konzal provide a sampling of teacher voices on the issue of communicating with families across cultures with the goal of improving educators' outreach. Denessen, Bakker, and Gierveld give a fascinating look into the multicultural issues faced by educators in the Netherlands and the various approaches taken by different schools.

Carpenter-Aeby, Aeby, and Boyd have written about the ecomap, a visual diagram used to help facilitate communication among troubled students, their families, schools, and other involved community persons or agencies. …

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