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Section I: Three strategies for knowing families

Strategy #1: Examine your own beliefs, attitudes and values...

Strategy #2: Learn about families...

Strategy #3: Develop curriculum connections...

Examine assumptions about parents and families

Tool: Exploring my assumptions

Survey families about goals, values in education

Tool: My child as a learner (Elementary)

Tool: My student as a learner (Secondary)

Involve students in making connections

Tool: Student inquiry projects

Examine what "family" means

Tool: What does "family" mean?

Ask your students about their family experiences

Tool: What kind of families are in our class?

Reach out to the community

Tool: Investigate your community's resources

Tool: Plan Cultural Exchange Events

Also see the Home, School and Community Partnerships Repertoire for additional ideas: Demographic Profile, Parent Stories