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Designbook for Building Partnerships : School, Home, and Community - Mary Ann Blank

Designbook for Building Partnerships

School, Home, and Community


Published: 28th January 1998
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A solid foundation is essential when building anything, especially a community. When partnerships are well designed, regularly nurtured, and systematically maintained, they form a needed solid foundation for deep and lasting relationships with a community. This book provides a comprehensive summary of innovative ideas that encourages a mutually beneficial bond between the schools and the surrounding community to form.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction and Backgroundp. 1
Important Featuresp. 1
Research Support for Parent Involvementp. 3
Assumptions About School, Family, and Community Partnershipsp. 5
Challenges and Barriers to Parental Involvementp. 7
Essential Components for Effective Partnershipsp. 11
How to Use the Designbookp. 16
Gathering Perceptions and Collaborating on Resultsp. 17
Strategies for Gaining Input from Parents and Community Membersp. 22
Building Community--Strengthening Partnerships: Parent Surveyp. 25
Building Community--Strengthening Partnerships: Community Surveyp. 28
Guidelines for Gathering Perceptions from "Hard to Reach" Parentsp. 30
Building Community--Strengthening Partnerships: Parent Survey Tally Sheetp. 31
Building Community--Strengthening Partnerships: Community Survey Tally Sheetp. 36
Collaborating Productively: Using Effective Decision Making and Problem Solving Processp. 39
When Should We Collaborate?p. 42
Facilitating Collaborationp. 43
Facilitator's "Lesson" Plan for Collaborationp. 44
Pitfalls to Avoid in Effective Collaborationp. 47
Guidelines for Collaboration or "Rules We Live By"p. 49
Rules We Live By--Name Tentp. 51
Brainstormingp. 52
Challenge (or Opportunity) Identificationp. 53
Prioritizingp. 54
Decision Makingp. 56
The PMI (Plus-Minus-Interesting) Strategy for Making Decisionsp. 58
Dimensions of Learning: Decision Making Processp. 59
Consensus Decision Makingp. 60
Problem Solvingp. 61
Problem Understandingp. 62
Problem Solving Worksheetp. 63
Thinking About ... Risk Taking and Creative Thinkingp. 64
Creative Problem Solving: "IWWMW In What Ways Might We ...p. 65
Starburstp. 67
Data-based Problem Solving Action Researchp. 68
Reflection on Our Collaborative Decision Making or Problem Solvingp. 69
Creating a School Environment for Learningp. 71
Creating a Welcoming Atmospherep. 76
Positive Beginningsp. 79
Putting Our Best Foot Forwardp. 81
What School and Student Successes Should Be Highlighted and How?p. 83
Making the School Accessible for Parents With ...p. 84
Parents as Greetersp. 85
Students as Greetersp. 86
Friendliness Auditp. 87
Friendliness Auditp. 88
Establishing a Climate of Cooperation and Acceptancep. 89
Primary Student School Climate Questionnairep. 92
Primary Student School Questionnaire Tally Sheetp. 93
Elementary Student School Climate Questionnairep. 94
Elementary Student School Climate Questionnaire Tally Sheetp. 95
Student Classroom Questionnairep. 96
Student Classroom Questionnaire Tally Sheetp. 97
Parent Classroom Questionnairep. 98
Parent Classroom Questionnaire Tally Sheetp. 99
Student Classroom Questionnaire Resultsp. 100
Parent Classroom Questionnaire Resultsp. 101
Appreciating and Celebrating Diversityp. 102
Visualp. 103
Reflections on Diversityp. 104
Appreciating and Celebrating Diversityp. 105
Appreciating and Celebrating Diversity: What We Can Dop. 106
Guidelines for Promoting Trust and Respect Throughout the School Communityp. 107
Faculty Reflection: Promoting Trust and Respect Throughout the School Communityp. 109
Promoting Positive Social Behaviors: Building Characterp. 110
Successful Practices for Promoting Positive Social Behaviorsp. 111
Educators' Guidelines for Helping Parents Reinforce Social Behaviors at Homep. 114
Letter to Parentsp. 115
Ensuring a Safe and Secure Climate for Learningp. 116
Strategies for Collaborating With Parents on Disciplinep. 119
Student Discipline Contractp. 122
Assessing Progress Worksheetp. 123
Working With Parents to Resolve Conflictsp. 124
Strategies for Managing Conflictsp. 125
A Process for Working With Parents to Help Students Resolve Conflicts or Solve Problemsp. 126
Guidelines for Resolving Conflicts Positively and Productivelyp. 127
"Win-Win" Confrontation Strategiesp. 131
Developing a School Climate That Reduces the Impact of Negative Peer Pressurep. 132
Developing Home Atmospheres That Reduce the Impact of Negative Peer Pressurep. 134
Visualsp. 136
Violence Prevention: Questions for Self-Reflectionp. 139
Faculty School Climate Worksheetp. 140
Communicating Effectivelyp. 141
Understanding and Overcoming Barriers to Effective Communicationp. 146
Recognizing Our Perceptual Filtersp. 150
The Ladder of Inferencep. 151
Skit: Climbing the Ladder of Inferencep. 152
Promoting Dialoguep. 154
Improving Interpersonal Communication Skillsp. 155
Understanding Differences and Appreciating Diversityp. 156
Keeping Parents and Faculty "In the Know"p. 158
Checklist for Written Communicationsp. 161
Communication Specsp. 163
Communication Webp. 169
Parent Communication Formp. 172
Communication Extrasp. 173
Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferencesp. 174
Our School's Parent-Teacher Conferences: How Effective Are They? (Educator's Reflection)p. 176
Our School's Parent-Teacher Conferences: How Effective Are They? (Parents' Reflection)p. 178
Initial Letter from Educator to Parent to Schedule a Parent-Teacher Conferencep. 180
Follow-up Letter from Educator Notifying Parent of Conference Timep. 181
Details for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferencesp. 182
Checklist for Verbal Communications Especially for Parent-Teacher Conferencesp. 183
Preparing for the Conference: Teacher Worksheetp. 185
Comments for Parents to Share with the Child After the Conferencep. 187
Follow-up Note or Phone Call to Parent(s)p. 188
Student-led Conferences: A Positive Alternativep. 189
Preparing for a "Challenging" Conference with Parent(s)p. 190
Moving Beyond Report Cards in Communicating Student Progressp. 192
Using Parent Focus Groups To Improve Reporting Practicesp. 196
Faculty Discussion Guide for Describing the Current Grading and Reporting Systemp. 197
Faculty Discussion Guide for Assessing the Current Grading and Reporting Systemp. 198
Designing Alternative Report Cardsp. 199
Reverse/Interactive Report Cardp. 202
Promoting Positive Public Perceptionsp. 203
Communicating School Pridep. 206
Getting the Word Out. So-What's So Great About This School?p. 207
Students as Ambassadors to the Communityp. 208
Media Support For Education. Ten for the Future: A Modelp. 209
Promoting Supportive Relationshipsp. 211
Reaching Outp. 216
Current Practices to Reach Out To Familiesp. 218
How Effective Are Our Practices to Reach Out to Families?p. 219
Getting Acquaintedp. 220
Making the Most of Informal Eventsp. 224
Making the Most of Formal Events: Open Housep. 226
Making the Most of Events: Performancesp. 228
Making the Most of Formal Events: Holiday Celebrationsp. 229
Traditions That Encourage Parent Participationp. 230
Going "Above and Beyond" Tacticsp. 232
Evaluating Formal Eventsp. 233
Making Connections: Really Getting to Know One Anotherp. 234
Parent Information and Interest Inventoryp. 237
Parent Information Chartp. 239
Parent Visits with the Principalp. 240
Home Visitsp. 241
Hosting a Retreatp. 245
Guidelines for Creating a Parent Centerp. 248
Assuring "Smooth Transitions" to New Schools or School Levelsp. 250
Transitions: Helping Parents Help Their Childp. 252
Transitions: Helping Parents Help Their Childp. 253
Ideas for Helping Parents and Students Make Smooth Transitionsp. 254
Developing and Maintaining Relationshipsp. 256
Parent Networking Strategiesp. 259
Guidelines for Connecting Parents and Families with Agencies and Servicesp. 261
What Educators and Business Leaders Can Do to Promote Effective Partnershipsp. 262
Criteria for Successful School and Business Partnershipsp. 263
School and Business Partnerships: One School System's Ideas for What Each Can Providep. 264
Strategies for Making the School The Hub of the Communityp. 265
Guidelines for Supporting Members of The School Community During a Crisisp. 267
Recognizing and Celebrating Accomplishmentsp. 268
Developing Shared Expectationsp. 273
Understanding Current Needs: Collect, Portray, and Analyze Datap. 278
Data Collection, Portrayal, and Analysis Results in ...p. 281
Steps in Developing A Databasep. 282
Potential Data Sourcesp. 283
Data Portrayal: Longitudinal and Disaggregatedp. 284
Identifying Significant Findings from the Datap. 285
Future Trends That Will Shape Our Lives and Our Schoolsp. 286
Establish a Vision for the Futurep. 287
How do a Vision and Mission Contribute to a School?p. 290
One School's Vision and Missionsp. 291
PreVision Activities to Identify Important Beliefs and Valuesp. 292
Setting the Stage for Establishing a Visionp. 293
Criteria for a Good Vision and Vision Setting Processp. 295
Sharing the Visionp. 296
Our Vision is Our Shared Responsibility at_____p. 297
Aligning Actions and Decisions with Visionp. 298
Moving the Vision to Action Through Collaborative Long Range Planningp. 300
Moving the Vision to Action Through Collaborative Long Range Planningp. 304
Capitalizing on Strengths and Finding Ways Around Obstaclesp. 305
Visionp. 306
Finding New Alternativesp. 307
Planning Guidep. 308
Reflection on the Planning Processp. 309
Reinforcing Learning Expectationsp. 311
Expectation Discussion Guidep. 313
Developing a "Can Do" Attitudep. 314
Checklist: Are We A "Can Do" School?p. 315
Collaborative Goal Setting for Student Growthp. 317
Student Goal Setting Worksheetp. 320
Reflecting about Possible Goalsp. 322
Parent Observation Formp. 323
Parent Report Cardp. 324
Reflecting on Expectations Our Children Hold for Themselvesp. 325
Being Positive Role Models for Childrenp. 326
Involving Others Productivelyp. 327
Increasing Opportunities for Parent and Community Involvementp. 332
Here They Come-Ready or Not!p. 334
Worksheet for Identifying Possible Rolesp. 335
Range of Involvement Rolesp. 336
Involvement Opportunitiesp. 337
Opportunities for Student Involvementp. 338
Maximizing the Potential of Volunteersp. 339
Discovering Barriers to Involvementp. 342
Barriers To Successful Volunteer Programs and Strategies to Overcome the Barriersp. 344
Volunteer Coordinator's Responsibilitiesp. 346
Parent Talent Bookp. 347
Recruiting Posterp. 348
Educator Need Formp. 349
Parent/Community Member Volunteer Formp. 350
Orientation and Training Agendap. 351
Volunteer Contractp. 352
Quality Control Measures for the Volunteer Programp. 353
Educator Formative Evaluation of the Volunteer Programp. 354
Volunteer Formative Evaluation of the Volunteer Programp. 355
Educator Summative Evaluation of the Volunteer Programp. 356
Volunteer Summative Evaluation of the Volunteer Programp. 357
Ways to Recognize Volunteers and Show Appreciationp. 358
Working as a Teamp. 359
Determining Team Membershipp. 362
Team Worksheetp. 363
Productive Team Behaviorsp. 364
Potential Roles for Team Membersp. 365
Guidelines for Productive Meetings: Working Smarter, Not Harderp. 366
Succeeding at TEAMWORKp. 368
Team Building Strategies: Developmental Activities for Teamsp. 370
Teamwork Assessment: Team Member Reflectionp. 372
Teamwork Assessment: Team Reflectionp. 373
Interaction Chartp. 374
Supporting Teaching and Learningp. 375
Engaging Parental and Community Support for Learningp. 381
Invitation to a Classroom Visitp. 383
A Visitor to Learner-Centered Classroomsp. 384
The Value of Cooperative Learningp. 385
Strategies for Involving Individuals and Groups in the Private or Public Sectorp. 387
Supporting Learning at Homep. 389
Discussion Guide to Developing a Schoolwide Homework Policyp. 391
Homeworkp. 393
Student Study Habits Assessmentp. 395
Additional Learning Supportp. 397
George Washington Elementary School'sp. 399
Developing Lifelong Learnersp. 400
Promoting Lifelong Learning-"You're Never Too Old to Learn!"p. 402
Topics of Interest to Parenting Adultsp. 406
Options for Identifying Adult Learner Needs and Interestsp. 407
Suggestions for Facilitating Adult Learningp. 409
Lesson Plan for Adult Learning Sessionsp. 410
Meeting Learner Needs Preassessment and Postassessmentp. 412
Participant Evaluations of Learning Sessionp. 413
Bibliographyp. 415
Indexp. 423
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ISBN: 9781566766197
ISBN-10: 1566766192
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 425
Published: 28th January 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.99 x 21.39  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.21