School, Family, and Community Partnerships : Preparing Educators and Improving Schools

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-02
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How can teachers and administrators be prepared to create partnerships with families and communities? Nationwide, rhetoric in favor of parent involvement is high, but the quality of most programs still is low. Part of the problem is that most teacher education, administrative training, and other education of school professionals omit topics of school, family, and community partnerships. Instead, educators are prepared in limited ways to "deal with parents" when problems occur. Well-known and respected author Joyce Epstein updates her acclaimedSchool, Family, and Community Partnershipsto reflect the past ten years of study and advancements. New readings address this growing field and offer expanded consideration of district leadership and its impact on school programs. Epstein contends it is now possible to prepare teachers and administrators with a solid base of knowledge on partnerships. Theoretical perspectives and results from research and development can and should be shared with educators. As partners, parents and teachers share responsibility for the education and development of their children. Common messages and collaborative activities of home and school help to promote student success, prevent problems, and solve those that arise. Epstein provides the material needed to help current educators and educators in training think about, talk about, and then act to develop comprehensive programs of school, family, and community partnerships. This collection is designed for use in courses of teacher education, preparation of school administrators, and other courses that prepare professionals to understand and to work in schools and with families and students. It is a definitive resource both in and out of the classroom with comments, discussion questions, activities, and field experiences in each of the chapters.

Author Biography

Joyce L. Epstein is director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools, principal research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, and research professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of more than 100 publications on the nature and effects of family involvement.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Understanding School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Introductionp. 3
Matching Rhetoric with Practicep. 3
The Needp. 4
The Gapp. 5
Evidence of Changep. 7
Policies Encourage Preparation on Partnershipsp. 9
More Is Neededp. 10
The Goalsp. 11
Achieving the Goalsp. 12
Using This Volumep. 12
Setting a Coursep. 16
Featured Topics for Discussionp. 18
Activities and Exercisesp. 19
Summaryp. 20
Referencesp. 21
Theory and Overviewp. 25
Toward a Theory of Family-School Connections: Teacher Practices and Parent Involvementp. 26
Moving Forward: Ideas for Research on School, Family, and Community Partnershipsp. 42
Discussion and Activitiesp. 67
Researchp. 91
Parent Involvement: A Survey of Teacher Practicesp. 95
Teachers' Reported Practices of Parent Involvement: Problems and Possibilitiesp. 115
School Programs and Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement in Inner-City Elementary and Middle Schoolp. 129
Parents' Reactions to Teacher Practices of Parent Involvementp. 150
Single Parents and the Schools: Effects of Marital Status of Parent and Teacher Interactionsp. 171
Parents' Attitudes and Practices of Involvement in Inner-City Elementary and Middle Schoolsp. 200
Effects on Student Achievement of Teachers' Practices of Parent Involvementp. 216
Homework Practices, Achievements, and Behaviors of Elementary School Studentsp. 231
Student Reactions to Teachers' Practices of Parent Involvementp. 247
Discussion and Activitiesp. 257
Applying Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Policy Implicationsp. 299
Parent Involvement: State Education Agencies Should Lead the Wayp. 304
Sample State and District Policies on School, Family, and Community Partnershipsp. 312
Research Meets Policy and Practice: How Are School Districts Addressing NCLB Requirements for Parental Involvement?p. 331
Discussion and Activitiesp. 347
A Practical Framework for Developing Comprehensive Partnership Programsp. 387
School, Family, and Community Partnerships-Caring for the Children We Sharep. 389
Discussion and Activitiesp. 415
Practical Applications: Linking Family and Community Involvement to Student Learningp. 493
More Than Minutes: Teachers' Roles in Designing Homeworkp. 496
Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS): Interactive Homework in Math, Science, and Language Artsp. 521
Organizing Productive Volunteers in the Middle Gradesp. 555
Discussion and Activitiesp. 562
Strategies for Action in Practice, Policy, and Researchp. 573
Discussion and Activitiesp. 576
Indexp. 617
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