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Beyond the Bake Sale : The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships



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A practical, hands-on primer on helping schools and families work better together to improve children's education. Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work. First published by the National Committee for Citizens in Education in 1986, Beyond the Bake Sale went on to sell more than 50,000 copies in nine editions. Packed with tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and an invaluable resource section, this updated and substantially expanded edition reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom. Written with candor, clarity, and humor, Beyond the Bake Sale is essential reading for teachers, parents on the front lines in public schools, and administrators and policy makers at all levels. Includes answers to these questions: What is a family-school partnership supposed to look like? How can schools and families build trust instead of blaming each other? How can involving parents help raise students' test scores? How can teachers relate to families who don't share their culture and values?

Table of Contents

Introduction : why bother to read this book?p. 1
What is a family-school partnership supposed to look like?p. 13
Ready, set, go! how do you know if you're really open to partnership?p. 27
Developing relationships : how can you build trust instead of blaming each other?p. 47
Checklist : how family-friendly is your school?p. 75
Linking to learning : how will involving parents help your test scores?p. 81
Checklist : how closely is your school's parent involvement program linked to student learning?p. 108
Addressing differences : how can you deal with issues of race, class, and culture?p. 113
Checklist : how well is your school bridging racial, class, and cultural differences?p. 146
Supporting advocacy : how can "problem parents" become partners you can work with?p. 151
Checklist : how well does your school support parents as advocates?p. 182
Sharing power : who's in charge here anyway?p. 187
Checklist : how well is your school sharing power and practicing democracy?p. 214
Scaling up : why can't all schools in a district create strong partnerships with families?p. 219
Checklist : how well does your district support family and community engagement?p. 247
Help! where can you find useful resources to build your partnership?p. 251
Tools to support your work : where do we start?p. 289
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