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Author: Michele Patak-Pietrafesa

What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging

Article Citation: Allen, K., Kern, M. L., Vella-Brodrick, D., Hattie, J., & Waters, L. (2016). What schools need to know about fostering school belonging: A meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 1-34. doi: 10.1007/s10648-016-9389-8 What is the study about? The researchers hope to clarify inconsistencies in previous research about the individual and social factors that influence feelings of school belonging for students. "School Belonging" The extend to which students feel personally accepted, respected, included, and supported by others in the school social environment (Goodenow & Grady, 1993, p. 80). Previous research has identified several factors related to school belonging, and these...

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Building Family Engagement with “Cultural Brokering”

 Ishimaru, A.M., Torres, K.E., Salvador, J.E., Lott, J, II., & Tran, C. (2016). Reinforcing deficit, journeying toward equity: Cultural brokering in family engagement initiatives. American Educational Research Journal, 53(4), 850-882. doi: 10.3102/0002831216657178 What is the study about? Parent-engagement efforts in schools often discount the cultural resources of minority families. This study explored the roles and actions of individuals hired by schools to increase parent engagement through “cultural brokering”. Cultural brokering: may take the form of helping families translate and rehearse the behaviors & communication styles of the dominant culture, providing access to institutionally based networks, & integrating the cultural...

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