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What Successful Schools Do to Involve Families
55 Partnership Strategies



December 2008 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Partnering with parents is a missing link in efforts to improve student achievement. This book offers teachers specific and practical suggestions to capitalize on this extraordinary untapped resource."
—David Freitas, Professor of Education
Indiana University, South Bend

Watch performance levels climb when students are supported by teachers, families, and the community!

Emphasizing that students learn best when families and schools work together to promote student achievement, What Successful Schools Do to Involve Families offers teachers and administrators 55 practical strategies for forming effective partnerships with every type of family group.

From traditional forms of communication—such as open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and fundraising efforts—to hot-button topics such as bullying and discipline, this book helps educators bridge the gap between school and home by providing:

  • Solidly researched strategies with relevant how-to applications, tips, precautions, and additional resources
  • Strategies for reaching out to non-mainstream or non-traditional families
  • A chapter on the role of non-parental caregivers
  • Proven methods for including families in discussions about homework, literacy, mathematics, and students with special needs

Nurture academic success and resiliency in students by strengthening the bond between families, educators, and the outside community!


 
Foreword by Sheila E. Durkin
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Parents, Families, Teachers, and Schools Appreciating and Supporting Each Other
 
2. Teachers, Students, Families, and Homework
 
3. Teachers, Students, Families, and Literacy
 
4. Teachers, Students, Families, and Mathematics
 
5. Teachers, Schools, Families, and the Special Education Student
 
6. Looking at the Roles of Non-Parental Caregivers in the Student's Life
 
7. Communicating With Families and Bridging the Gap Between School and Home
 
8. Working With Families and Especially Challenging Students
 
9. Working With Families From Nondominant Cultures
 
10. Families, Schools, and the Social Aspects of the Classroom
 
11. The Role of School Administrator: Increasing Student Achievement Through Parent Involvement
 
Index

“Partnering with parents is a missing link in efforts to improve student achievement. This book offers teachers specific and practical suggestions to capitalize on this extraordinary untapped resource.”

David Freitas, Professor of Education
Indiana University, South Bend
Key features
  • Written by best-selling author (and high school teacher and parent) Neal Glasgow and co-author Paula Jameson Whitney, whose 21 years in education include teaching and administrating in elementary and middle schools
  • 55 research-based strategies for teachers, counselors, and principals, showing how best to involve parents and families who want to help their children succeed in school
  • Applications appropriate for culturally diverse communities
  • Strategies may be used in individual parent discussions or for parent nights, open houses, parent-teacher meetings, community meetings, and other settings 
  • Topics include open houses, parent conferences, and communicating with families; homework issues; literacy and mathematical concepts; special education students and especially challenging students; working with families from non-dominant cultures
  • Each strategy offers a synthesis of the relevant research, a how-to application for educators, precautions and pitfalls, and research sources for optional follow-up

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface


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