School, Family, and Community Partnerships
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School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Your Handbook for Action

Third Edition


© 2009 | 376 pages | Corwin

"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.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
1. A Comprehensive Framework
1.1 School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Caring for the Children We Share  
1.2 Community Involvement in School Improvement: The Little Extra That Makes a Big Difference  
1.3 Improving Student Outcomes With School, Family, and Community Partnerships: A Research Review  
2. Use the Framework to Reach School Goals: Stories From the Field
Type 1- Parenting  
Type 2- Communicating  
Type 3- Volunteering  
Type 4- Learning at Home  
Type 5- Decision Making  
Type 6- Collaborating With the Community  
3. Take an Action Team Approach
Organizing an Effective Action Team for Partnerships: Questions and Answers  
Ten Steps to Success in School, Family, and Community Partnerships  
Checklist: Are You Ready?  
Who Are the Members of the Action Team for Partnerships?  
First ATP Meeting of the Year  
Communication Ground Rules  
What Do Successful Action Teams for Partnerships Do?  
Annual Review of Team Processes  
4. Conduct Workshops
One-Day Team Training Workshop  
End-of-Year Celebration Workshop  
5. Select Materials for Presentations and Workshops
Charts: Program Components for Workshops: What Do We Know From U.S. and International Studies of Family and Community Involvement?  
Theoretical Model of Overlapping Spheres of Influence  
Keys Successful Partnerships  
Summary Charts for Six Types of Involvement: Practices, Challenges, and Results  
Reach Results for Students in Elementary Schools  
Action Teams for Partnerships Structures  
Members of the Action Team for Partneships  
How Does an ATP Differ From the School Improvement Team or School Council?  
Small Group Activities for Workshops  
Workshop Warm-Ups  
Starting Points: An Inventory of Present Practices  
Jumping Hurdles  
Reach a Goal for Student Success Using the Six Types of Involvement  
School Goals and Results of Partnerships  
Get Ready for Action  
How to Organize Your Action Team for Partnerships  
One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships: Form G-Goals or Form T-Types  
Workshop Evaluations  
6. Strengthen Partnership Programs in Middle and High Schools
6.1 Improving School, Family, and Community Partnerships in Middle and High Schools  
6.2 Predictors and Effects of Family Involvement in High School  
6.3 A Goal-Oriented Approach to Partnership Programs in Middle and High Schools  
Reach Middle and High School Goals Through Partnerships  
Why Partnerships Are Important in Middle and High Schools  
Special Considerations for Middle and High Schools  
7. Develop District and State Leadership for Partnerships
District and State Leadership for School, Family,and Community Partnerships  
Funding Levels and Sources of Funds  
Resources for District Leaders: Lead and Succeed: An Inventory of District Leadership and Facilitation Strategies  
District Leadership Roles  
District Leadership Checklist  
Sample: District Leadership Action Plan for Partnerships  
What Do Facilitators Do?  
Facilitators’ Tasks at the Start of the School Year  
Resources for State Leaders: States Lead and Succeed: An Inventory for Leadership on Partnerships  
State Leadership Roles  
State Leadership Checklist  
Sample: State Leadership Action Plan for Partnerships  
Resources for District and State Leaders: Template for Districts and States: Leadership Action Plan for Partnerships  
Standards for Excellent Partnership Programs  
Leadership and Facilitation Strategies for District and State Leaders of Partnerships  
Sample Pledges, Compacts, or Contracts  
Standards for Excellent Partnership Programs  
8. Implement Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS)
TIPS Interactive Homework  
Ten Purposes of Homework  
Sample TIPS Interactive Homework Activities  
Volunteers in Social Studies and Art  
Sample TIPS Social Studies and Art Presentation  
9. Evaluate Your Partnership Program
Evaluate Programs of Partnership: Critical Considerations  
Built-In Evaluations of Program Quality  
Simple to Complex Evaluations  
Measure of School, Family, and Community Partnerships  
Annual Evaluation of Activities: Form G-Goals and Form T-Types  
10. Network With Others for Best Results on Partnerships
National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS)  
Network Web Site, www.partnershipschools.org  
Index
Ordering Information
Handbook CD

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


"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

“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.”

Melissa T. McQuarrie, Director of Community Relations
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA

"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."

Jeana Preston, Director, California Parent Center
San Diego State University Research Foundation

“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.”

Lorraine Landon, Director, Parent Education Center Coordinator
Pasco School District, WA

"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.”

Dave Guzman, Director, Parent Engagement
Fort Worth Independent School District, TX

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.


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ISBN: 9781412959025