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Home, School, and Community Collaboration

Home, School, and Community Collaboration
Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

Fifth Edition

April 2023 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Built around a culturally responsive family engagement model, the fifth edition of Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Engagement prepares teachers to work empathetically and collaboratively with all families.  Through case studies, vignettes, and reflective connections, authors Kathy B. Grant and Julie A. Ray guide readers through changing trends in family engagement. The authors emphasize a strengths-based approach to families throughout the text. This book offers powerful ways to connect with families through online communication, community engagement, and suggestions from families, in their own words, to improve home-school collaboration.

The fifth edition highlights the national and global shifts in family engagement. Each chapter now features an “Impact of a Pandemic” textbox, highlighting a key effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and families and offering resources and support for teachers. Additionally, each chapter now includes learning objectives tied to key topics and new end-of-chapter assessments aligned with each learning objective. Chapter 10, Teacher as Family Communication Facilitator, is now Chapter 3 in the text to prepare readers earlier to take on this crucial role. Throughout, the latest data, policies, models, and citations give readers up-to-date information and the latest thinking on working with students and families alike.

Section I • Understanding Family Engagement: Building a Knowledge Base for Culturally Responsive Family Engagement
Chapter 1 • Family Engagement and the Responsive Educator
Chapter 2 • Theories and Models for Family Engagement in Schools
Chapter 3 • Teacher as Family Communication Facilitator
Section II • Appreciating Families: Today’s Diverse Families
Chapter 4 • Structurally Diverse Families
Chapter 5 • Culturally Diverse Families
Chapter 6 • Students of Families in Transition
Chapter 7 • Families Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 8 • Families in Abusive Situations
Section III • Family Engagement: Putting Knowledge and Skills Into Action
Chapter 9 • Engaging Families in Their Children’s Learning at Home
Chapter 10 • Working With Families of Children With Exceptionalities
Chapter 11 • Teacher as a Family Resource and Advocate
Chapter 12 • Family Engagement Activities
Key features


  • “Impact of a Pandemic” textboxes in each chapter highlight the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and families and offering support and resources for teachers.
  • Learning Objectives in each chapter offer instructors and readers clear chapter goals to guide their learning experience.
  • Learning Objective Assessments at the end of each chapter offer more in-depth assignment ideas to demonstrate application of key concepts. 
  • An overall streamlining of the text offers a more straightforward reading experience.
  • The previous edition's Chapter 10 is now Chapter 3: Teacher as Family Communication Facilitator to better prepare teachers to take on this crucial role.
  • The content of previous edition's Chapter 3: Supporting Families as They Parent Today's Children has been deleted or moved to appropriate chapters to avoid overlap of material. 
  • The latest statistical data on children and families, including 2020 US Census data, has been updated throughout.
  • New and more widely-used technology is incorporated throughout the text to better reflect the many ways families expect to engage with teachers.
  • New models and frameworks, such as the Head Start Parent, Family, Community Engagement Framework, the ABC-X Model of Family Crisis, and the latest research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) offer readers the latest thinking and strategies for working with children and families.


  • The culturally responsive family support model serves as a paradigm for connecting with families.
  • Activities throughout the text are ideal for dynamic class dialogues, self-reflection, and personal growth.
  • In the classroom vignettes demonstrate that teachers in the real world make mistakes, encouraging readers to innovate in the classroom.
  • Homework activities discuss interactive home learning activities and provide other recommendations for keeping families involved in their children’s curricular activities.
  • Technology as a Tool suggestions explore the various ways teachers can communicate with families through technology.

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