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Educational Partnerships
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Educational Partnerships
Connecting Schools, Families, and the Community



April 2010 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Supporting teachers in building partnerships with families and the broader community

This comprehensive text helps prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to build and sustain family, school, and community partnerships that are vital to student success. Focusing on grades preK–8, and with a particular emphasis on diverse families and learners, this book helps teachers to overcome barriers, create action plans, and sustain partnerships over time.

Key Features

  • Chapters provide a contemporary, culturally relevant approach that guides teachers to devise strategies that celebrate cultural, linguistic, and academic diversity.
  • Case studies present multiple perspectives from teachers, students, and community members. Readers are asked to reflect upon the cases, analyze real-life situations, and apply chapter content to each case.
  • "Notes from the Classroom" include personal observations and strategies from teachers that enhance the reader's experience.
  • "How To" sections show how to develop an action plan or seek outside funding. Planning sheets are included to provide the sequence of specific steps.

Student Study Site
Free resources will help you prepare for class and exams! Open-access study materials include chapter-specific interactive self-quizzes, vocabulary e-flashcards, recommended Web sites, and "Learning From SAGE Journal Articles." Visit the Student Study Site at www.sagepub.com/coxpetersen.

Instructor Teaching Site
Instructors have access to the following password-protected resources: a test bank with sortable questions, PowerPoint slides for each chapter, recommended Web sites, ample syllabi, and teaching tips. Visit the Instructor Teaching site at www.sagepub.com/coxpetersen.


 
Preface
 
PART I: THE BASICS OF EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
 
1. The Importance of Educational Partnerships
Overview of Educational Partnerships

 
Examples of Partnerships

 
The Value of Partnerships

 
Communities of Practice

 
Equitable Teaching and Learning

 
Types of Educational Partnerships

 
Collaborative Descriptions

 
Home, School, and Community Influences

 
Partnership Types, Examples, and Characteristics

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
2. History of Educational Partnerships
Goals of Education

 
Types of Schools

 
Students and Families as Part of a System

 
Social and Cultural Capital

 
History and Policy Related to Educational Partnerships

 
Educational Policy –Whose Policy? Who’s Excluded?

 
Overview of Educational Learning Theories

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
3. Meeting the Needs of All Children in the 21st Century
The Implementation of No Child Left Behind

 
Children With Special Needs

 
Children’s Well-Being

 
Nutrition and Children’s Well-Being

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activities for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
4. The Makeup of Families Today: Culturally Relevant Strategies to Enhance Partnerships
Families in the 21st Century

 
Family Participation Initiatives

 
A Culturally Responsive Partnership Between Home and School

 
Tips for Families and Teachers During: Parent-Teacher Conferences

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
PART II: BUILDING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
 
5. Building Family-School Partnerships
Effective Partnerships With Families

 
Elements of Family-School Partnerships

 
Six Types of Family Involvement

 
Family Involvement in the 21st Century

 
Tips for Families and Teachers

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
6. Schools and Community: Working Together and Respecting Diversity
Expanding Educational Partnerships

 
School, Community, and Business Partnerships

 
Community Partnerships

 
Students Taking Action as Community Members

 
Tips for Building School-Community Partnerships

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
7. Partnering With Community Organizations and Resources
Partnerships Beyond the Four Walls of the Classroom

 
University-School Partnerships

 
Partnerships With Museums and Cultural Institutions

 
National/Local Parks and Outdoor Education

 
Tips for Organizing and Participating in Field Trips

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
8. Barriers to Partnerships
Culturally Relevant Teaching and Learning

 
Barriers and Challenges That Partnerships Face

 
Strategies to Address Barriers

 
Taking Action

 
Tips to Help Overcome Barriers and Promote Diversity

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activities for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
PART III: PLANNING FOR AND SUSTAINING SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPS
 
9. Seeking and Sustaining Successful Partnerships
Partnership Examples

 
Seeking and Organizing Partnerships

 
Writing Grants That Support Teaching and Learning

 
Seeking Grants to Support and Acknowledge Teachers

 
Communicating With Families About Resources

 
Interagency Collaboration

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activities for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
10. Planning for Partnerships
Creating an Action Plan

 
Stages of the Planning Process

 
Implementing Your Action Plan

 
Chapter Summary

 
Case Studies

 
Reflecting on the Cases

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
11. Implementing and Sustaining Successful Partnerships
Characteristics of Successful Partnerships Revisited

 
Parents, News, and Misconceptions

 
Professional Education Partnerships

 
Teachers as Reflective Practitioners

 
Implementing and Sustaining Educational Partnerships

 
Long-Running Partnership Examples

 
Local Libraries and Activities

 
Implementing and Sustaining Partnerships With Families

 
Tips for Implementing and Sustaining Partnerships

 
Final Comments

 
Activites for Further Development

 
Additional Reading and Information

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
About the Author
 
Index

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