Building Parent Engagement in Schools

Author: Larry Ferlazzo
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1586833421
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This work is a report on the positive impact of parental involvement on their child's academics and on the school at large. * Includes four specific real-life examples of parental involvement initiatives: home visits, the use of technology, school/community gardens, and community organizing * Offers bibliographic listings for additional print and online resources * Presents a comprehensive index

Parental Involvement in Childhood Education

Author: Garry Hornby
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781441983794
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Parental participation has long been recognized as a positive factor in children’s education. Research consistently shows that parents’ contributions to their children’s education lead to improvements in their academic and behavioral outcomes, from elementary through middle and secondary school. Recognizing the critical role of school psychologists in this equation, Parental Involvement in Childhood Education clearly sets out an evidence-based rationale and blueprint for building parental involvement and faculty awareness. The author’s starting point is the gap between the ideals found in the literature and the reality of parental involvement in schools. An ecological analysis identifies professional, institutional, and societal factors that keep schools and parents distant. Methods for evaluating parental involvement are detailed, as is a model for developing and maintaining strong parental relationships at the instructor, school, and education system level, with an emphasis on flexible communication and greater understanding of parents’ needs. This empirically sound coverage offers readers: A detailed understanding of obstacles to parental involvement. An evidence-based model for parental participation. A three-nation study of parental involvement practices in schools. Guidelines for implementing parental involvement activities and initiatives. A review of effective communication strategies with parents. Analysis of key interpersonal skills for effective work with parents. Parental Involvement in Childhood Education is essential reading for practitioners and researchers in school psychology and counseling, social work, and educational psychology, whether they work directly with schools or in providing training for teachers and other professionals who work with children and their parents.

Building School and Community Partnerships Through Parent Involvement

Author: Kay Wright
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780130949783
Format: PDF, ePub
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Thoroughly updated, the second edition of this book profiles today's American families and examines the special relationships among them, their children's schools, and their communities. Through an ecological, systems approach, the authors explore the family as a child's “first teacher.” The book provides a wealth of strategies for involving parents and other family members in a child's education, and address the increasing diversity of the American family in regard to structure, culture, and lifestyle. Additionally, coverage addresses advocacy, assessment of family strengths and weaknesses, and the unique challenges of working with families of children with special needs. For parents who want to become more actively involved in the education and development of their children.

Building Parent Involvement Through the Arts

Author: Michael Sikes
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452235902
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Ready-to-use activities tied to content and standards help educators create arts-rich schools that welcome families and community members, promote diversity, and engage parents in their children's education.

Building parent teacher communication

Author: Cindy J. Christopher
Publisher: Scarecrow Pr
Format: PDF, ePub
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Actual strategies (with examples) That are in place in schools throught the country illustrate practical, proven techniques for building parent involvement and commitment. Also covered are documentation concerning student classwork, parent notes, conferences, and new types of assessment.

Home school Relations

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Format: PDF
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Home-School Relations examines the nature of the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and provides practical advice for developing strong home-school relationships. This book discusses the need for educators to have positive working relationships with the students they teach and describes the techniques they must use to understand the families from which their students come. In addition to covering the traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication, Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delve further into the issues facing families today. Poverty, advocacy, fathering and domestic violence and their effect on families are covered opening new paths of understanding for educators. In addition, diversity (cultural, racial, religious, and sexual orientation) is discussed.

The 21st Century Parent

Author: Mary Johnson
Publisher: Information Age Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781617358531
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The 21st Century Parent emphatically remind us that the missing ingredient in closing the gaps in achievement is heaping measure of parent engagement and community. This is one-of-a kind book, even the most savvy expert will find novel advice and useful tools, sample school practices, and strategies. The book is outstanding resources recognizing and building upon asset that Parents and communities bring in creating partnership for children's school success- Packed with tips for parents, principals and teachers, resource tools, and an invaluable guide for engaging parents, The 21st Century Parent reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that parents are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom and how parents can be transformative change agents for their children and their schools. .Written with candor, clarity, and humor, 21st Century Parent is essential reading for teachers, parents on the front lines in public schools, and administrators and policy makers at all levels.

The Parent Project

Author: James Vopat
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571100016
Format: PDF, Docs
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Involving parents in their children's schooling is a matter of intense concern in North America. Teachers and administrators want to construct a program that creates positive involvement. This is especially critical for Chapter I schools that are mandated to use a portion of their funds for home-and-school programs. Jim Vopat believes that parental involvement should strengthen the link between home and school, and to achieve this goal parents need to be introduced to the revitalized school classroom. The Parent Project calls on the most powerful aspects of school reform--workshops, journals, cooperative groups, shared reading, agenda building, interviewing, goal setting, and critical thinking-classroom learning strategies experienced by children every day. When parents work with these strategies, they understand them and discover how to support them. Using a workshop/process model, parents become involved with their children's classroom activities and are thus empowered to support their children's education. These workshops ensure participant ownership of a program's overall agenda while providing long-term structures for support and continued development. The Parent Project: Provides a framework for implementing ways to get parents involved and informed. Was developed in urban bilingual school settings and includes workshop formats in Spanish and English. Is a complete source-book for teaches and principals that provides materials for conducting workshops with parents in areas of writing, reading, self-esteem, and community-building. Supports your efforts with a detailed description of what the workshop approach is and how it functions.

Community Organizing for Urban School Reform

Author: Dennis Shirley
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292777194
Format: PDF
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Observers of all political persuasions agree that our urban schools are in a state of crisis. Yet most efforts at school reform treat schools as isolated institutions, disconnected from the communities in which they are embedded and insulated from the political realities which surround them. Community Organizing for Urban School Reform tells the story of a radically different approach to educational change. Using a case study approach, Dennis Shirley describes how working-class parents, public school teachers, clergy, social workers, business partners, and a host of other engaged citizens have worked to improve education in inner-city schools. Their combined efforts are linked through the community organizations of the Industrial Areas Foundation, which have developed a network of over seventy "Alliance Schools" in poor and working-class neighborhoods throughout Texas. This deeply democratic struggle for school reform contains important lessons for all of the nation's urban areas. It provides a striking point of contrast to orthodox models of change and places the political empowerment of low-income parents at the heart of genuine school improvement and civic renewal.

How to Involve Parents in a Multicultural School

Author: Bruce Davis
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 0871202476
Format: PDF
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This book is an up-close-and-personal, principal-to-principal discussion of parent involvement in an urban elementary school that serves a diverse student population, including students from Asian and Latino cultures. The author emphasizes learning about the cultures of the students in the school, building personal relationships with them and their parents, welcoming diverse opinions, and telling the truth.