FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 5, 2012
Bess Altwerger, SOS Action Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob George, SOS Steering Committee email@example.com
SAVE OUR SCHOOLS RESPONSE TO HURRICANE SANDY
Please Donate to the Hurricane Sandy Student and Teacher Support Fund
Save Our Schools calls on all local, state and federal authorities to spare no expense in rushing aide to thousands of school children and teachers affected by hurricane Sandy. The devastating loss of homes, clothing, books and school supplies will result in a serious and prolonged disruption to education. Schools that have suffered destruction from flooding will need immediate assistance to replace materials and restore a healthy, safe environment for all students and employees. Students experiencing the trauma of fear and loss need counseling and other social services to ensure their emotional health and optimize their ability to continue learning. We need to do all that we can to make certain adequate services are provided. Building a sense of connection and care, and providing opportunities to process with others what has just occurred should be a key focus of instruction at this time.
Learn more at saveourschools.org
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Many Families, Many Literacies: An International Declaration of Principles
At a time when family literacy policies and practices are confusingly fragmented and often deficit driven, Many Families, Many Literaciesprovides much-needed guidance on developing policies and practices that build on the strengths that families bring to any learning situation: their diverse languages, literacies, and complex problem-solving capabilities.
Many Families, Many Literacies reclaims family literacy from the family literacy movement and asserts that society constructs the conditions of poverty in which many minority families are forced to live. It represents the opinions of forty-nine leading education experts and family literacy practitioners, including Lucille Fandel, Ken Goodman, Yetta Goodman, David Barton, Audrey N. Grant, Klaudia Rivera, Judith Kalman, Letta Matsiepe Mashishi, and many others.
This edited collection is essential reading for any educator, researcher, or community-based practitioner concerned about the political implications of the family literacy movement.
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Learning Denied: Inappropriate Educational Decision Making
Heinemann, November, 1990. Eighth Printing.
Learning Denied is a powerful document. Denny Taylor’s conclusions confirm many teachers’ doubts about America’s mania for standardized tests, and serve as a signal to teachers and administrators that a reliance on test results can be more than misleading; it can be a hazard to the child.
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Growing Up Literate, Learning From Inner City Families
Heinemann, May, 1988. Ninth Printing.
Awarded the Ninth Annual Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize by the Modern Language Association of America, 1989.
Denny Taylor and Catherine Dorsey Gaines made the first of what were to be many visits to families living in the inner city of a major metropolitan area in the Northeast. Their aim: to study the familial contexts in which young Black children living in urban poverty are growing up literate. Through their focus on children who were successfully learning to read and write despite extraordinary economic hardship, this multiracial team presents new images of the strengths of the family as educator and the ways in which the personal biographies and educative styles of families shape the literate experiences of children. Through the stories of the Shay Avenue families, Taylor and Dorsey-Gaines reach several conclusions that some readers may find surprising.
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Family Storybook Reading
Heinemann July, 1986.
Recommended in Becoming a Nation of Readers: What Parents Can Do, United States Department of Education, Washington, DC., and in Choosing Children’s Books, The Children’s Book Council Inc., 1989.
Family Storybook Reading provides vivid accounts of parents sharing storybooks with children. All kinds of families are represented with varied lifestyles, cultural backgrounds, and membership configurations. Through the descriptions and accompanying explanations the reader becomes acquainted with the special role that storybook reading plays in family life and in the acquisition of language and literacy skills.
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