Faculty Publications

Title

Community-Building in a Diverse Setting

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Community-building, Diversity, Faculty team building, Magnet school, Montessori, Parent involvement

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Early Childhood Education Journal

Volume

36

Issue

4

First Page

291

Last Page

295

Abstract

Research demonstrates that community-building in schools is an integral aspect of student success. Based on a foundation of research findings related to the importance of implementing community-building into all aspects of a school, community-building activities, including five specific classroom strategies (parent visits class to tell about child, weekly newsletter with interactive activities, bi-monthly open-house hour where children explain school work to parents, Valentine letters filled with true compliments, and a cultural celebration unit focused on Africa), were implemented in an urban magnet school. This school was moving toward racial integration as well as implementation of a Montessori education program. As predicted from research information, incorporating community-building strategies geared at creating a welcoming climate, at improving faculty interaction, at fostering collaborative classrooms, and towards on-going and open teacher/parent communication and collaboration resulted in positive outcomes in what could have otherwise been a difficult, negative or unproductive situation. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Original Publication Date

2-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1007/s10643-008-0290-z

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