Now that there are a few of us on this list, I'd like to get the
introductions started. I am a researcher in the Department of
Education at the University of Vermont. I am also the single
parent of two young men who have disabilities. Adopting my sons
when they were eight and nine years of age respectively began my
interest in Families as Educators.
Now, almost 15 years later, I am the co-director (with Martha
Fitzgerald) of a grant from the USDE/Office of Special Education
and Rehabilitative Services. We focus on Parent-Teacher Action
Research teams, with parents working in equality with first and
second grade teachers as action researchers, as one of our
interventions. We believe that both parents and teachers will
become more reflective practitioners and, based on their
observational data and practical theories, develop action plans
which will improve consistency between home and school. Our
ultimate goal is to prevent early emotional and behavioral issues
from becoming worse and interfering with the child's education.
One of my on-going challenges is to develop effective and
acceptable ways for parents and teachers to bridge the real and
imagined gaps between them. The second part of that challenge is
to bring those effective techniques into teacher education, both
at the pre-service and in-service levels.
I am looking forward to having good conversations with people on
this new list!
Pam Kay [log in to unmask] VOICE MAIL (802) 656-8551
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