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Principals Matter
A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships

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April 2009 | 160 pages | Corwin

"Addresses specific populations that are often alienated by schools: fathers, parents of children with disabilities, and families of poverty. It provides a good overview of key research on the topic of family involvement in schools, its impact, and practices for obtaining involvement."
—William Ruff, Assistant Professor
Montana State University

"An excellent book. Each chapter opens with relevant research and presents suggestions for practical applications. I would buy this book for a task force or professional learning community."
—Julie C. Burger, Principal
Frederick Leighton Elementary School, Oswego, NY

Build a school climate that promotes the development of successful school partnerships!

Research has shown that strong principal leadership is critical to developing effective school partnerships that include diverse school, family and community members. This book provides administrators with a clear road map for initiating partnership programs that are goal-focused, equitable, and sustainable.

In this research-based resource, the authors highlight the work of principals who have cultivated successful partnerships across many settings to show other school leaders how they can develop the necessary supportive school cultures. Examining the administrator's role in the success and quality of home-school partnerships and student outcomes, this guidebook:

  • Synthesizes research on principal leadership, school and community partnerships, and urban education reform
  • Discusses the role of fathers in children's learning and working with families that live in poverty, are linguistically diverse, or have children with disabilities
  • Offers practical recommendations for evaluating and refining partnership programs to ensure they are linked with student achievement goals

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Standards for School, Family, and Community Partnerships
 
Part I. Laying the Foundation
 
1. Policy, Theory, and Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Partnerships and Academic Outcomes  
Partnerships and Nonacademic Outcomes  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
2. Reculturing Schools for School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Schools as Community Institutions  
Developing a Coordinated Program of School, Family, Community Partnerships  
Principal Leadership and School Outcomes  
Obstacles to Effective School, Family, and Community Partnerships  
Steps Toward Recultured Schools  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
Part II. Responding to Diversity
 
3. Fathers and School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Why Fathers Matter  
Father Demographics  
The Role of Fathers  
Guidelines for Developing Partnership Efforts to Involve Fathers  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
4. Families of Children With Disabilities and School, Family, and Community Partnerships
IDEA and Children With Special Needs  
District and School Outreach to Families of Children With Disabilities  
Specific Needs and Experiences of Families of Children With Disabilities  
Engagement Strategies for the Families of Children With Disabilities  
Creating Inclusive Environments for Special Needs Populations  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
5. Linguistically Diverse Families and School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Growth in Immigration and Limited English Proficient Students and Families  
LEP Students and Families  
LEP Students and NCLB  
Strategies to Facilitate the Involvement of LEP Families  
Culturally Intelligent Principal Leadership  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
6. Families Living in Poverty and School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Challenges Faced by Low-Income Families  
Avoiding a Deficit Perspective  
A Collaborative Approach  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
Part III. Maximizing Outcomes
 
7. Evaluating Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Planning an Evaluation  
Collecting Data  
Presenting the Findings  
Why This Matters for Principals  
Reflection Questions  
 
Concluding Thoughts
 
References
 
Index

"The book provides a vast overview of the many key aspects of partnerships between schools, families, and communities grounded in data and research that illustrates the positive impact that strong stakeholder partnerships have on student achievement. The examples, vignettes, and stories provide rich material to illuminate the points addressed."

Belinda Gimbert, Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University

"An excellent book. Each chapter opens with relevant research and presents suggestions for practical applications. As a principal, I would buy this book for a task force or professional learning community."

Julie C. Burger, Principal
Frederick Leighton Elementary School, Oswego, NY

"There is so much valuable information in this book that any administrator, regardless of experience, can gain huge benefits from reading it and putting into effect many of the suggested activities and programs."

Marian Hermie, Clinical Associate Professor
Arizona State University

"What sets this book apart from other school and community source books is that it addresses specific populations that are often alienated by schools: fathers, parents of children with disabilities, and families of poverty. It provides a good overview of key research on the topic of family involvement in schools, its impact, and practices for obtaining involvement."

William Ruff, Assistant Professor
Montana State University

I utilized bits and pieces of this text - it was not my primary text.

Ms Abbey Bolton
Educational Administration K-12, Kent State University
May 31, 2011
Key features
  • Synthesizes research on principal leadership, school and community parternships, and urban education reform for the practitioner
  • Highlights for urban principals key focal areas for improving school, family, and community partnerships 
  • Highlights real-life examples of success 
  • Offers urban principals ideas on increasing parent and community involvement

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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