|All 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 Chil
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 Collaborative Care Framewo
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
Black Appetite. White Food.
Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom
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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|Educational Partnerships: Connecting Schools, Families, and
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.
•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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