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Writer Charmain Brown with students and parent volunteers standing in front of a school
Writer Charmain Brown with students and parent volunteers
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Standing Together Against Poverty

Charmain Brown

•    Employ school strategies that demonstrate respectful inclusivity (e.g., address newsletters with “Dear Families” rather than “Dear Parent/Guardian”). Make the shift from “teaching parents what to do” to engaging them in the life of the school. 
•    Forge community partnerships that stress collective responsibility and leadership and involve the whole community.
•    Expect all children to succeed and make connections to students’ prior knowledge and scaffold learning opportunities. 
•    Use classroom community-building strategies that foster a positive and inclusive environment and respect for diversity.
•    Integrate representations of poverty in children’s literature to enhance student understanding.

Charmain Brown is a member of the York Region Teacher Local.