School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action

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SAGE Publications, Nov 26, 2008 - Education - 361 pages
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Build partnerships with families and the community to promote equity and student success!

This updated edition of a bestseller enables school, district, and state leaders to develop more effective programs for family and community involvement. The authors show how to develop action teams to plan and implement partnership activities to reach school goals, mobilize community resources, evaluate program results, and maintain involvement over time. The third edition includes:

  • New examples of successful partnership activities
  • Increased attention to connecting family/community involvement to goals for student success
  • New inventories that define leadership roles
  • A CD-ROM with forms and a PowerPoint presentation for workshops

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I think Osborne is well on its way to providing the school, family and community partnerships. I am very impressed with how the Title ! money is used and the work that our Spanish translator does. I think we attempt to engage the family in many ways. It is time-consuming work but very important if we are to reach all our students. 

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About the author (2008)

Joyce L. Epstein is director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools, principal research scientist in the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She has over 100 publications on the organization and effects of school, classroom, family, and peer environments, with many focused on school, family, and community connections. In 1995, she established the National Network of Partnership Schools to demonstrate the important intersections of research, policy, and practice for school improvement. She serves on numerous editorial boards and advisory panels on family involvement and school reform and is a recipient of the Academy for Educational Development’s 1991 Alvin C. Eurich Education Award and the 1997 Working Mother’s Magazine Parent Involvement in Education Award for her work on school, family, and community partnerships. Her most recent book, School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools (Westview Press, 2001), aims to add the topic of family and community involvement to courses for future teachers and administrators. She earned a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.

Steven B. Sheldon is a research scientist with the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and director of research of NNPS at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of many publications on the implementation and effects of programs for family and community involvement. His work explores how the quality and outreach of school programs of partnerships affect parents’ responses and student outcomes, such as student attendance, math achievement, student behavior, reading, and state achievement test scores. His most recent book guides principals in their leadership and work on school, family, and community partnerships (with Mavis Sanders, Corwin Press, 2009). In his current research, Sheldon is studying the influences of parents’ social networks, beliefs, and school outreach on patterns of parental involvement at school and at home and results for students. He earned his PhD in educational psychology from Michigan State University.

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