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Picture of the product201 Ways to Involve Parents: Practical Strategies for Partne
201 Ways to Involve Parents: Practical Strategies for Partnering With Families 3ed

Author - Betty Boult

Both research-based and very practical, this book contains many strategies for building bridges between schools and families, including practical ways to: welcome parents as vital members of the school community; sustain ongoing communication with families; include parents in school governance; develop parent volunteer programs; foster shared ownership of the educational process; work with families considered to be at risk; and use technology to effectively communicate and collaborate with families.

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All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities
Author: Brad Currie
This book shows how educators can engage with parents and community members to impact student learning inside the classroom. Leaders will learn:

•How smartphones and tablets can work for your goals
•The secret to getting—and keeping—parents involved
•How tools like Skype can connect the community at large

This book sheds light on the many ways educators can engage with parents and community members to impact student learning inside the classroom. With so many Web 2.0, social media, and other online tools available, the community expects to know what is going. The author shares how it is possible not only to keep community members informed, but make sure they are involved in their students’ learning.

This book gives leaders:

•Tools for telling your school’s story
•Tools for connecting with parents and stakeholders
•Examples of how to involve community members in students’ learning
•Ideas of areas where you can start involving stakeholders

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Picture of the productAll Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders
All Together Now: How to Engage Your Stakeholders in Reimagining School

by Suzie Boss

This book prompts readers to make their own meaning by considering a series of questions. Abundant examples and case studies from the frontlines of school change provide inspiration and ideas you can adopt or adapt for your context. Discussion prompts are included to promote and provoke conversations - both inside and outside school - with everyone who has a stake in student success (including students themselves). Working together, through collaborative inquiry and hard conversations, you will arrive at your best answers for how schools should adapt for your context and your children.

This four-part framework, based on insights from those at the leading edge of change, will help readers navigate the journey ahead:

(1) The Why: To help a community reimagine school, effective leaders must first build common understanding about why change is necessary.

(2) The How: Moving from vision to reality requires practical considerations. For example, stakeholders with diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives to shape the future of education. To collaborate effectively, however, they need to speak the same language.

(3) The What-ifs: Only on paper do plans unfold without any push-back or detours. Leaders who maintain momentum and overcome resistance to “what ifs” and “yeah buts” share their troubleshooting strategies in this section, preparing readers to anticipate challenges and be more effective change managers.

(4) The Future Story: School leaders who are taking courageous steps to reinvent education understand the power of story. A superintendent who regularly tweets out examples of powerful student learning or a principal who blogs about school-business partnerships helps to build public understanding of 21st century learning. Keeping change efforts from backsliding requires ongoing communication, effective storytelling, and optimism about the future.

This book will walk readers through these four critical stages, helping communities mobilize around the shifts that students deserve. Compelling examples from schools on the leading edge of change will inspire readers to embark on the challenging work ahead. The book is intended to be a practical action guide, taking readers from talking about the future of learning to realizing their community’s vision.

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Attention-Grabbing Tools for Involving Parents in Their Children’s Learning

Author - Jane Baskwill

It is widely accepted that when home and school work together, children’s learning improves. Although this fact is readily acknowledged, communication between school and home is still often one-sided and remains a struggle for many teachers. This remarkable book is designed to help teachers find new ways to attract parents' attention and involve parents in their children's learning.

Attention-Grabbing Tools for Involving Parents in Their Children's Learning explores a wide range of tools. It strives to help teachers establish and maintain a parent-teacher relationship that holds the child at the centre of all education decisions. The book is full of specific ideas for nurturing the parent-teacher relationship.

Getting Started – from meet-the-teacher nights to gathering data and getting feedback
Newsletters – how to keep them fresh, interesting and interactive
Day-to-Day Routines – from the Friday Folder to pass-along books and dialogue journals
Learning Nights – programs that focus on projects, homework, science, maths and literacy
Face-to-Face Communication – from organising parent-teacher conferences to using learning portfolios
Take-Home Materials – a menu of suggestions for getting parents involved in their children's learning

Aimed at the busy teacher, the book offers easy-to-implement ideas for efficient communicating in the digital age, with suggestions for websites and blogs, Facebook and Twitter, online surveys and virtual pinboards, and much more.

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Authentically Engaged Families: A Framework for Collaborative Care and Student Success

Author: Calvalyn Day

Create a plan to connect with every family!

There’s no doubt that family engagement makes a world of difference for teachers and students—but connecting with parents of various ethnic, socioeconomic, or cultural backgrounds can be challenging for educators. Calvalyn Day’s groundbreaking book offers clear instructions for building strong relationships, beginning effective dialogues, strategizing, and monitoring progress.

Through the author’s perspective as a parent, counselor, and advisor to families at risk, readers will discover

- A step-by-step approach to family engagement developed for K-12 educators, including teachers, counselors, administrators and others
- Complete how-to’s for creating and carrying out a family engagement plan based on the author’s Vision, Plan, Action model
- Tools including a Parent Meeting Agenda, a Parent Empathy Map, an Educator Needs Assessment, and more

Whether you work at a small rural school, in a large urban district, or anywhere in between, this invaluable book offers wisdom—and smart strategies—that will transform the experience for your students and their families, and lead to sustainable success.

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Black Appetite. White Food.
Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom

Jamila Lyiscott

Black Appetite. White Food. invites educators to explore the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. Renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott provides ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity.

Part I of the book helps you ask the hard questions, such as whether your pedagogy is more aligned with colonialism than you realize and whether you are really giving students of color a voice. Part II offers a variety of helpful strategies for analysis and reflection. Each chapter includes personal stories, frank discussions of the barriers you may face, and practical ideas that will guide you as you work to confront privilege in your classroom, campus, and beyond.

90 Pages | Pbk

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Picture of the productBuilding Strong School Cultures: A Guide to Leading Change
Authors - Sharon D Kruse and Karen Seashore Louis

Develop an integrated school culture that engages educators with their colleagues and communities! This resource calls on principals to create a viable, sustainable school culture using the professional community, organisational learning and trust to affect teaching and learning.

This addition to the Leadership for Learning series presents an Intensification of Leadership approach that integrates teachers, parents, and community members into a coherent team. The authors examine schools that have achieved lasting cultural change and present practical strategies for:

Diagnosing and shaping a school culture
Revising leadership functions to broaden the decision-making processes
Rethinking organisational structures
Supporting continuous improvement while ensuring stability.

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Educational Partnerships: Connecting Schools, Families, and the Community

Author - Amy Cox-Petersen

This comprehensive text helps prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to build and sustain family, school, and community partnerships that are vital to student success. Focusing on grades preK–8, and with a particular emphasis on diverse families and learners, this book helps teachers to overcome barriers, create action plans, and sustain partnerships over time.

Key Features:
•The chapters provide a contemporary, culturally relevant approach, helping teachers to devise strategies that celebrate cultural, linguistic, and academic diversity.
•Two case studies per chapter present multiple perspectives from teachers, students, and community members. Readers are asked to reflect upon the cases, analyze real-life situations, and apply chapter content to each case.
•Notes from the Classroom include reflections, voices, and strategies from classroom teachers that enhance the chapter content.
•‘How To’ sections show how to develop an action plan or seek outside funding. Planning sheets are included to provide the sequence of specific steps.

Connections to the National Board Certification are featured throughout the text, outlining expectations relating to Collaboration in the Professional Community and Outreach to Family and Community. These will assist pre-service and in-service teachers in developing portfolios.

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Picture of the productEngage Every Family: Five Simple Principles
Author: Steven Constantino

Family engagement increases student achievement but how do schools connect with families who don’t participate yet? Educators can easily become frustrated trying to reach the disconnected and often fall back to engaging the already engaged. How can you involve the entire school community in a positive way? Dr. Steve Constantino, known for his experience and sound teaching on family engagement, believes you can and promises far more than easy answers and theory to make it so. This book shows you how to bring real shifts to your culture through steps, reflections, and diligent effort.

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Picture of the productEngaging Families in Schools: Practical strategies to improv
Engaging Families in Schools: Practical Strategies to Improve Parental Involvement

by Nicola S. Morgan

Engaging Families in Schools is a practical resource that provides strategies and ideas that will contribute to the effective engagement of families and the involvement of parents in their child’s education. Parental engagement with school staff has a significant and very positive impact on children’s learning, and strategies presented have been extensively trialled in a variety of different settings. Nicola S. Morgan shows school staff how to understand the importance of family engagement and evidence the outcomes. This book has been split into ten easily accessible units:

Understanding the importance of parent engagement
Using whole-school strategies to engage parents
The role of the family engagement officer
Engaging all parents
Engaging Dads
Engaging multicultural parents
Difficult to engage parents
Working with parents to improve student attainment
Working with parents to improve behaviour and attendance
Working with parents of children with additional needs

This is a must-read guide for teaching and non teaching staff who wishes to bridge the gap between their student’s school and family life and understand the effects of positive family engagement.

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