Building Communities of Learners A Collaboration Among Teachers, Students, Families, and Community
This popular text shows how teachers can create partnerships with parents and students that facilitate participation in the schools while also validating home culture and family concerns and aspirations. It reflects current research and theory in several areas related to literacy development, including family literacy, bilingual and multicultural education, critical pedagogy, participatory research, cooperative learning, and feminist perspectives. Teachers of students who are immigrants, non-native speakers of English, and members of marginalized groups will find this book especially pertinent.
"Balances rigorous scholarship with real life application in a highly approachable format. Offers the rare combination of readable blueprints and useful tools that will assist educators, parents, and students to bridge distances and begin to build collaborative communities of learners."
"This book is full of powerful and beautiful examples of student and parent work....These stories demonstrate not only the creativity and talents of parents and students but also emphasize the potential strengths families bring."
—Networks: An On-line Journal for Teacher Research