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School of Education

School of Education

Family and Community

Family and Community

1. Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Teaches diverse students in a culturally responsive way that respects and honors their divergent perspectives
  • Respects family communication styles while teaching children other ways to communicate.
  • Understands that there are many ways to form a family and raise children and that all families have strengths and weaknesses.
  • Incorporates diverse perspectives of family and community in the learning process.

2. Knowledge of Students’ Cultural Backgrounds

  • Develops a rich understanding of their students’ cultural backgrounds and home life.
  • Recognizes the challenges that gay, lesbian, and transgender children face within their families and at school.
  • Visits the homes, communities, events, and churches of their students’ families.
  • Understands the significance of poverty in the lives of students.

3. Communication with Families

  • Creates opportunities for parents to express their opinions and create an open and accepting atmosphere so that parents feel comfortable in doing so.
  • Involves family and community in school activities with particular outreach to underrepresented members/groups.
  • Encourages students to talk with their parents about school and facilitates parent-child educational communication.
  • Listens to families with respect and without judgment.
  • Encourages diverse families to voice their opinions about their child’s education.
  • For students who are learning English, the candidate learns key words in the student’s language to increase communication
  • Uses varied formats to invite families to actively collaborate to enhance students’ success.

4. Community Resources

  • Invites the participation and collaboration of diverse families in order to enhance student’s success.
  • Recognizes and encourages church/place of worship membership and participation in other extra-curricular and community activities with families.