Editor's Comments

By Thomas, Lori | School Community Journal, Spring 2009 | Go to article overview

Editor's Comments


Thomas, Lori, School Community Journal


The articles in this Spring/Summer 2009 issue have some common threads and some diverse ones, as well. While several articles focus on school communities in urban settings, the intergenerational literacy program described by Doiron and Lees took place in Canada's smallest and largely rural province, Prince Edward Island. This is in contrast to Auerbach's cases of four innovative leaders in the huge Los Angeles Unified School District. Barnyak and McNelly also look at an urban district, but they use a survey to compare teachers' and administrators' beliefs about parent involvement with what these educators actually practice. Reed looks at the bridging role played by local teachers, that is, educators who actually live in or have roots in the neighborhood surrounding an urban elementary school. Tripses and Scroggs also look at an urban school, examining a successful school-church-community collaboration.

The potential for partnerships with faith-based institutions is touched on not only by Tripses and Scroggs, but also by Obeidat and Al-Hassan. One aspect of community involvement in Obeidat and Al-Hassan's study of award-winning teachers in the country of Jordan was service learning performed at local mosques. …

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