Making the right connection: conferencing with parents of different cultures

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Author: Betty B. Peel
Date: Summer 1995
From: Education(Vol. 115, Issue 4)
Publisher: Project Innovation (Alabama)
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,495 words

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A vital component of successful early childhood education programs is connecting -- not only with the young children seen in classrooms each day, but also with parents and families as well. Educators, awareness and appreciation of cultural differences are reflected in their interactions with parents. Just as teachers learn how to design early childhood classrooms and implement curricula to reflect and value diversity, they acquire skills to effectively connect with parents of different cultures. Since family involvement has been well documented as a contributing factor to improving students, academic performance, it is essential that this connection between teachers and parents be made. This article examines the importance of connecting with parents, the need for anti-biased conferencing skills, and the use of both casual and purposeful conferences to engage support and involvement of parents from all cultures.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A17422904