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Project Outreach Promotes Family Writing

Date: July 2007

Summary: By providing occasions for parents and their children to write together, three Project Outreach sites forged new connections with schools, teachers, and families in previously underserved communities.

 

Can family writing programs open new doors for writing project sites in communities affected by poverty? By providing occasions for parents and their children to write together, three Project Outreach sites forged new connections with schools, teachers, and families in previously underserved communities.

Explore the ways that writing project sites reached out to previously underserved communities as described in the articles below.

Voces del Corazón: Multilingual Family Writing at the Sabal Palms Writing Project 
Teachers from Sabal Palms Writing Project in Texas, near the Mexico border, researched local attitudes toward Spanish and English, and then created a series of family writing nights. The events, at which parents and students were encouraged to write in the language of their choice, created multilingual and multigenerational support for literacy.

No More Fear and Loathing: The Family Writing Project in Las Vegas
S. Arthur Kelly, a teacher-consultant from the Southern Nevada Writing Project, started a family writing project in one of the most diverse middle schools in the Las Vegas area. Here he describes his success in involving parents in their children's school, gives examples of some of the activities he used, and answers some questions about starting a family writing project.

Subsequently, Kelly wrote a book about family writing projects, Writing with Families.

The Family Writing Project Builds a Learning Community in Connecticut
Teacher-consultant Valerie Bolling and her colleagues at the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield used family writing projects to increase their site's service to culturally diverse schools. The program helped her school meet its dual goals of strengthening literacy and increasing parent involvement.

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