Home and School Relations Teachers and Parents Working Together

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-12-10
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For in-service and practicing teachers and for parents as well, Home-School Relationsexamines the nature of the contemporary family and its relationship to the school, and provides practical advice for developing strong home-school relationships and solid examples of building good home-school partnerships and fostering parent involvement. This textbook 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, this practical and popular text delves further into the issues facing families today and their effect on families including: income level, advocacy, the father#x19;s role, family and domestic violence, bullying and school violence, parents#x19; perspectives on schools, opening new paths of understanding for educators. The text features a multitude of practical information such as descriptions of the successful parent-involvement programs, contains an excellent chapter on communication skills and activities, helps educators understand the legal and policy aspects of home-school relations and educational choices, and incorporates working with students with special needs in the classroom. Diversity (cultural, racial, religious, and sexual orientation) is integrated and discussed throughout the textbook to promote understanding of all students and their families, including those with special needs. Unlike other books in this field, Home-School Relationsconfronts the alarming statistics on poverty and how it affects children, and ultimately, their performance in schools.

Author Biography

Glenn Olsen is currently a professor and department chair in the Teaching and Learning Department at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, a M.S. degree in Child Development from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has taught American History and Urban Studies at Jefferson School and South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also directed child care centers in rural communities and in technical colleges in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has over 30 articles on different education issues published and another book co-authored with John Hoover called Teasing and Harassment: The Frames and Scripts Approach for Teachers and Parents. Glenn served on the Crookston, Minnesota School Board for eight years. He has three adult children and his wife Barb teaches kindergarten.


Mary Lou Fuller has been an elementary school teacher, school psychologist, and a university faculty member. At the time she retired from the University of North Dakota, she was a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and held the Rose Isabelle Kelley Fischer Chair of Education. She received three Master’s Degrees from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Her studies dealt with diversity in the classroom and in families, and diversity is central to most of her research and publications. Among her publications are two other college textbooks, Teaching Hispanic Children and Adult Learners on Campus, co-authored with colleagues. Mary Lou now lives on a ranch in the high desert of Arizona and teaches off-campus classes for Northern Arizona University. She enjoys communicating with other educators and welcomes email at .

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Families

Chapter 2 Families and Their Functions: Past and Present

Chapter 3 Family Diversity

Chapter 4 Parents' Perspectives on Parenting

Chapter 5 Teachers and Parenting

Chapter 6 Parent-Teacher Communication: Who’s Talking?

Chapter 7 Family Involvement in Education

Chapter 8 Families and Their Children with Disabilities

Chapter 9 Family-Involvement Models

Chapter 10 Education Law and Parental Rights

Chapter 11 Family Violence: The Effect on Teachers, Parents, and Children

Chapter 12 Poverty: The Enemy of Children and Family

Chapter 13 Fatherhood, Society and School: What Fathers Contribute and Why it is


Chapter 14 The Implications of Home-School Partnerships for School Violence and Bullying

Chapter 15 Finding a Voice for Children: Advocacy in Action

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