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Schools and Families : Creating Essential Connections for Learning - Sandra L. Christenson

Schools and Families

Creating Essential Connections for Learning

Hardcover Published: 20th April 2001
ISBN: 9781572306547
Number Of Pages: 246

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This practical volume is designed to help school practitioners and educators build stronger connections with families and enhance students achievement in grades K-12. Beyond simply getting parents involved in school work, the book describes how positive family-school relationships can socialize and support children and adolescents as learners throughout their academic careers. Identified are key pathways by which professionals and parents can develop common goals for learning and behavior, a shared sense of accountability, better communication, and sense of accountability, better communication, and a willingness to listen to different perspectives. The focus is on assumptions, goals, attitudes, behaviors, and strategies that professionals can draw on both to assess school-home connections that are currently in place and to implement new, more productive practices. Grounded in theory and research, the book features case examples, self-reflective exercises, and discussion questions in every chapter, as well as useful appendices.

'Invaluable as a classroom text and practitioner guide. Although many books espouse the importance of parent involvement, this book is unique in emphasizing the enormous responsibility educators have to empower families to engage in partnerships with the school. The book's thesis - that creating home-school partnerships can protect against risk and promote health - will be exciting and challenging to professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Superbly written, this book provides guidelines that are extremely helpful to practitioners in promoting family school partnerships.' - Thomas J. Power, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 'School psychologists are in a great place to develop partnerships between the people at home and the people at school to benefit children's learning. The strategies described in this book were implemented in our school last last year, and we can see the difference. When parents request to continue as partners, when teachers volunteer to participate and recruit other teachers to become involved - that's when we know the processes and systems are working! This book is an important tool for shool psychologists, teachers, and administrators.' - De Ann Currin, PhD, Principal, Elliott Elementary School, Lincoln, NE

Prologuep. 1
Family-School Relationships as a Protective Factorp. 7
The Role of Policyp. 9
The "What" and the "How"p. 11
Current Conditionsp. 16
Critical Issuesp. 24
Essential Process Variablesp. 25
The Challengep. 28
Questions to Considerp. 29
Approach: The Framework for Interaction with Familiesp. 31
The Current Contextp. 33
Theoretical Base for Family Involvementp. 38
Empirical Base for Family Involvementp. 48
A New Approachp. 66
Summaryp. 67
Questions to Considerp. 68
Attitudes: Values and Perceptions about Family Involvementp. 69
Attitudes as Principlesp. 70
Attitudes Leading to "Barriers"p. 74
The Importance of Perspective Takingp. 77
Attitudes and Realities of Familiesp. 83
How Attitudes Are Conveyed through Assumptions and Practicesp. 90
Summaryp. 98
Questions to Considerp. 99
Atmosphere: The Climate in Schools for Families and Educatorsp. 101
School Climatep. 102
Schools as Welcoming Communitiesp. 105
Correlates of Parent Involvementp. 107
The Importance of Trustp. 113
The Importance of Communicationp. 116
Guidelines for Effective Communicationp. 120
Listening as a Form of Communicationp. 132
Summaryp. 135
Questions to Considerp. 136
Actions: Strategies for Building Shared Responsibilityp. 138
Garnering Administrative Supportp. 140
Acting as a Systems Advocatep. 143
Implementing Family-School Teamsp. 149
Increasing Problem Solving across Home and Schoolp. 163
Identifying and Managing Conflictp. 175
Supporting Familiesp. 181
Helping Teachers Improve Communication and Relationships with Parentsp. 193
Concluding Remarksp. 196
Questions to Considerp. 197
Epiloguep. 199
NASP Position Statement on Home-School Collaboration: Establishing Partnerships to Enhance Educational Outcomesp. 205
Checklist for Quality Indicators of the Six National Standards for Parent/Family Involvementp. 210
Selected Examples from the "Partner Up" Newsletterp. 215
A Teacher's Perspective on Communicating with Familiesp. 219
Inventory for Creating School-Family Connectionsp. 223
Referencesp. 228
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9781572306547
ISBN-10: 1572306548
Series: The Guilford School Practitioner Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 20th April 2001
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47