Bringing Literacy Home


KaiLonnie Dunsmore and Douglas Fisher, editors

True family literacy is not just a matter of establishing parent–child book nights—it’s also about recognizing and validating the important ways teachers, families, and community members learn from one another. Family literacy is also about bringing students’ home literacy routines into the classroom then back home again.

With this belief in common, the contributors to this important book shed light on family literacy practices that consider—and celebrate—students’ complex and diverse home lives. Cultural considerations are key, and several chapters deal with the need to recognize, respect, and capitalize on home contexts for literacy in order to engage students, families, and communities.

In these pages you will

  • Read about examples of successful family literacy programs
  • Gain ideas for incorporating home culture and literacy practices into school settings to better engage students
  • Learn how to effectively communicate literacy practices and goals to parents
  • See how teachers learn from and with parents in ways that inform instructional decision making, just as much as parents learn from teachers how to make literacy a priority in the home

This volume differs from others in that the contributors themselves reflect the demographic diversity in today’s schools. So, in addition to presenting their research and classroom experiences, they give rich, personal accounts of their own interactions with students, teachers, and families. And they raise questions about power and access, calling for true learning partnerships.

© 2010 | 400 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-711-9

Bringing Literacy Home

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