Academic journal article School Community Journal

Executive Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Executive Editor's Comments

Article excerpt

I'm a bit incredulous: With this issue, I'm celebrating 20 years of editing this oft-hidden gem of a journal. It has and continues to chronicle the work of the amazing people who, likewise, rarely receive much attention in the larger field of education-people who strive hard to recognize their students' families and other potential partners and bring them to the table, giving them a voice and putting them to work. Collaboration is almost always messy but can be oh-so-rewarding for the sake of our children. Whether you have known our founding editor, Sam Redding, and enjoyed this publication since its inception in 1991, or you are reading your very first issue, we give you our gratitude and encourage you to create a sense of community wherever you are.

Now for a sneak peek into this issue. We begin with Miller and Lin who, using a photo-based study of home learning, find many similarities among higher and lower income families with young children. Next, Akay and Karadağ give us a glimpse into the Turkish education system, examining student, parent, and school factors affecting eighth grade students' performance on transition exams which deeply impact their future trajectories.

A report from the field by He, Wilson, Scott, and Zhao describes a community-based partnership using a two-generation approach to support English learners and their families. Delacruz and Guerra also detail a community partnership, this one providing afterschool literacy tutoring for elementary students and also serving as a venue for university student teachers' field work. …

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