Involving Families in Culturally Inclusive Curriculum & Instruction

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Instructor: Kristilynn Turney

Kristilynn has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. She has taught high school English, Public Speaking and Theater; served as instructional coach; consultant, assistant principal, principal, asst. director and college professor.

Regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnic background, family and community involvement is critical to ensure student success. This lesson goes over three key steps to building a strong foundation toward implementation.

Getting Others Involved in School

As a teacher, you want to engage the families of your students. However, you've started to notice that schools are becoming more diverse, both linguistically and culturally, making their community involvement more of a challenge. How should you go about it?

Well, first let's go over why you should be making this great effort, and see that it really is justified. Then we can look at three key practices to encourage community involvement in your curriculum.

Rationale & Outcomes

The benefits of family and community involvement in school are no secret. It has been well-documented that there is a strong link between family involvement and positive outcomes for students. This stands true regardless of how educated the parents are, the family's socioeconomic status, or their ethnicity or racial background.

The rationale for involving the family and community in culturally inclusive curriculum and instruction is centered around student results. Decades of research have demonstrated that students with engaged families are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores
  • Enroll in higher level academic programs
  • Be promoted on time and earn more credits
  • Adapt better to school and attend more regularly
  • Have better social skills and behaviors
  • Graduate and go on to post-secondary opportunities

While the rationale and outcomes are clear, the challenge is in promoting community involvement. Therefore the question often transitions from 'why' to 'how?'

Key Practices for Involvement

So, how do we get families and community members involved? Solutions range from offering parenting courses, requiring parents to sign weekly newsletters, and even implementing more opportunities for parents to come to school. Unfortunately, these solutions all require a strong foundation and a clear vision.

Here are three key practices in addressing the question:

1. Build relationships and be present.

Relationships are critical when trying to improve or implement new methods. Build relationships with families by being present at open houses, conferences, and community events. Administrators can make themselves accessible by sharing with families office hours and even establishing open community hours during the day as well as once a month in the evening.

2. Identify what works for your families.

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