Meeting Culturally Relevant Family Needs

Your school district may be preparing to build a collaborative partnership between families and community agencies in order to support student needs. In order to do this, understanding “cultural competency’ is paramount to engaging diverse family and community groups. The first steps to creating a plan are to identify key stakeholders both within and outside the school to form a Task Force charged with: – Explaining what cultural competency means in relationship to social justice and equity in parental involvement. – Determining what teachers should know about specific ethnic groups that are representative of your student population. i.e. Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Asian, Island Pacific in terms of history and background of migration patterns, local tribes’ history, customs, and practices that are relevant to multi-cultural understanding. – Identification of specific diverse family needs that are both within and outside of the school…i.e. social, emotional, financial, academic. – Engagement of appropriate community groups to join the Task Force explaining how you will identify and invite them to the Task Force. – List of the various roles and assignments that you will give strategically to each member of the Task Force so that the final outcome of the Task Force’s work and your work in the course is a One Year Action Plan based on the Epstein model for School, Family, and Community partnerships. Prepare a five (5) page paper that addresses the 5 charges to the Task Force. Use the headings on the rubric to be specific. It is appropriate to reference the suggested readings and outside resources to create your Task Force strategy. Conclude with a one page summary discussing the feasibility of this plan and your role as a Teacher Leader in designing, facilitating, and implementing the 5 components.




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