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Multicultural Families, Home Literacies, and Mainstream Schooling

reviewed by William Kist - September 14, 2009

coverTitle: Multicultural Families, Home Literacies, and Mainstream Schooling
Author(s): Guofang Li (ed.)
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1607520354, Pages: 312, Year: 2009
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When I was just a second-year teacher, my school decided to allow teachers to do home visits in lieu of “Parent-Teacher Conference Night.” If a teacher agreed to do eight home visits, he or she would be excused from what amounted to an eight-hour required presence during “Parent-Teacher Conference Night.” I was intrigued by this deal, since, being a ninth grade teacher, I often had to struggle to get parents to show up at “Parent-Teacher Conference Night.” I thought this would be a way to connect with my students and their families in a much more intimate venue. There was a requirement that we had to do these home visits in pairs, so I recruited a veteran science teacher who was willing to join me, and we set off. This was before MapQuest, so just finding some of the homes was an adventure. Once we got into the homes, we... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 14, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15766, Date Accessed: 2/17/2019 9:41:21 PM

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  • William Kist
    Kent State University
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    WILLIAM KIST, an associate professor at Kent State University, has been researching classroom uses of new media for over a decade. His profiles of teachers who are broadening our conception of literacy are included in his first book, New Literacies in Action, and will be expanded in his upcoming book, The Socially Networked Classroom, focusing on the uses of Web 2.0 in the classroom. Bill remains active as a new media artist himself. Nominated for an Emmy for music composition, Bill is developing his own screenplay, Field Trip. Bill blogs at www.williamkist.com, and he may be followed on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/williamkist.
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