School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Your Handbook for Action
- Joyce L. Epstein - The Johns Hopkins University
- Mavis G. Sanders - University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA, The Johns Hopkins University
- Steven B. Sheldon - The Johns Hopkins University
- Beth S. Simon - Blue Shield of California
- Karen Clark Salinas - The Johns Hopkins University
- Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn - The Johns Hopkins University
- Frances L. Van Voorhis - The Johns Hopkins University
- Cecelia S. Martin - Maryland Parental Information Resource Center, John Hopkins University, USA
- Brenda G. Thomas - The Johns Hopkins University
- Marsha D. Greenfeld - The Johns Hopkins University
- Darcy J. Hutchins - Colorado Department of Education, Denver, The Johns Hopkins University
- Kenyatta J. Williams - Prince George's County Public Schools. Maryland
School & Community Relations
"It's all here—everything you need to start, sustain, and grow an effective, research-based partnership program. With the addition of a CD-ROM, the essential tools are even more accessible, portable, and adaptable to the challenges and opportunities facing our schools."
—Joe Munnich, Family and Community Involvement Coordinator
Saint Paul Public Schools, MN
"Useful for state leaders as well as districts and schools for organizing sustainable partnership programs to support student learning. We use the Handbook to provide training to school teams, parent leaders, school boards, superintendents, and their cabinets across California."
—Jeana Preston, Director, California Parent Center
San Diego State University Research Foundation
Build partnerships with families and the community to promote equity and student success!
When schools, families, and communities collaborate and share responsibility for students' education, they can make a positive impact on student achievement. Based on 25 years of research, this updated edition of a bestseller details a framework that enables school, district, and state leaders to develop more effective programs for family and community involvement.
A team of well-known experts shows how to create Action Teams for Partnerships and train team members in planning and implementing partnership activities to reach school goals. Educational leaders will also learn how teams can mobilize community resources, resolve challenges to reach all families, evaluate program results, and continue to improve plans and practices over time. This practical handbook 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, with Spanish translations of selected reproducibles
The comprehensive third edition of School, Family, and Community Partnerships demonstrates a proven approach to implement and sustain inclusive, goal-oriented programs.
"It’s all here—everything you need to start, sustain, and grow an effective, research-based partnership program. With the addition of a CD-ROM, the essential tools are even more accessible, portable, and adaptable to the challenges and opportunities facing our schools."
“The link between successful partnership programs and student achievement is supported by research. This book provides the tools you need to establish and sustain partnerships, both on the district and school levels. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to organize an outstanding partnership program to enhance student success.”
"Useful for state leaders as well as districts and schools. It provides a research-based yet practical blueprint for organizing sustainable partnership programs to support student learning. We use the Handbook to provide training to school teams, parent leaders, school boards, superintendents, and their cabinets across California."
“This practical handbook offers a wealth of resources not only for those who are starting to organize their work, but also for those who are sustaining their programs of school, family, and community partnerships. You can make the guidelines fit your district’s needs.”
"This is the ‘bible’ of parent engagement literature. The Handbook gives step-by-step examples of strategic planning for partnership programs and practices that lead to student success.”
"The third edition is loaded with practical tools, researched-based strategies, and helpful examples for anyone wanting to implement or improve goal-linked programs of family and community involvement. A standout feature is the new CD-ROM, which provides everything needed for successful workshops—a great time-saver!”
This book provided a useful guide for my students to begin conceptualizing and initiating community and school partnerships. It was well received by the students who appreciated it's practicality and resource materials.
Excellent handbook, but did not meet my needs for the class.
Content is directly relevant to the course. It is written at an appropriate level for graduate students.
The handbook offers educators a combination of practical ideas and scholarly articles. The CD offered valuable additions to the text.
The Third Edition of this Handbook, like previous editions, draws upon work conducted with thousands of educators and families over the past five years. It includes new and improved research summaries, tools, and guidelines for leaders in schools, districts, states, and organizations to increase their knowledge and skills in developing their partnership programs. This edition includes:
New article on how partnership practices help produce specific results for students (Chapter 1)
New examples of successful partnership activities in elementary, middle, and high schools. (Chapter 2)
Improved workshop agendas and activities, with increased attention to connecting family and community involvement to goals for student success (Chapters 4 and 5)
New inventories to guide district leaders and state leaders in developing their leadership roles and actions on partnerships. (Chapter 7)
New chapter on how to evaluate school-base partnership programs and updated evaluation forms and guidelines (Chapter 9)
Clearer guidelines and updated references in all chapters.
A CD (attached) with a PowerPoint presentation for team-training workshops, and electronic copies of all workshop handouts, activities, planning forms, and evaluations. The CD also includes Spanish translations of selected materials for Latino parents who participate in workshops and in other audiences.