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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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