176 Ways to Involve Parents: Practical Strategies for Partnering With Families / Edition 2

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This updated edition presents ready-to-use ideas and strategies to fully engage parents in the school community.

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Editorial Reviews

Judy Chapman
"This very accessible book clearly identifies parents as their child's first and foremost teacher and an integral part of the complete school experience. Filled with practical, 'doable' activities and ideas, this resource will enhance the learning of students by involving parents in a respectful, meaningful, and productive way."
Connie Brownell
"Boult has written the ultimate guide for helping school administrators and teachers create an effective partnership with parents. Any educational stakeholder (parent, teacher, administrator) will benefit from its content."
Donna Smith
"This is an essential guide for all stakeholders—school council members, teachers, school administrators, post-secondary education faculty members, and central office consultants. It identifies critical and essential strategies to initiate and, more importantly, sustain collaborative support by families in the education of our youth."
Christina Ross Daniels
"176 Ways to Involve Parents is a welcome addition to my 'educator's tool chest.' I recommend it to all teachers and administrators."
Wanda Routier
"Since today's educators have more to do than time allows, the format of this book will allow them to pick up the book, skim topics they need to read about, and implement the ideas therein. The material includes many ideas educators may use as a springboard to specific needs in their school."
MSTA's Classnotes
"The insights in this book are gleaned from years of experience, observation, and research. Every chapter is filled with ideas to use and implement. Find a copy of the book, and try some of the ideas in your classroom."
Learning Magazine
"Provides ideas for how to fully engage parents in the school community through parent volunteer programs, ongoing communication, participation in school governance, and other strategies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412936699
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 497,955
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Boult, Ed.D. is currently an adjunct professor and educational consultant. She has served as an assistant superintendent, director of instruction, supervisor of staff development, principal, assistant principal, teacher-librarian, and classroom teacher. In addition, she has served as a community education consultant, a guest lecturer for the University of Lethbridge, and an instructor for the University of Alberta. Her background experience ranges from primary to adult education in both Alberta and British Columbia. She presents workshops and seminars, has appeared on educational television, and has published numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Making It Happen
Starting the School Year
Supporting the Whole Family
Creating Safe Havens for Students
Recruiting Volunteers
Meeting the Needs of Volunteers
Training Volunteers
Developing Staff
Placing and Supporting Volunteers
Acknowledging Volunteers
2. Creating the Climate
Projecting a Positive Image
Marketing the Message
Using Technology to Communicate
Communicating Effectively
Creating the Context for Change
3. Sustaining the Involvement
Celebrating Diversity
Using Community Resources
Developing Community Relationships
Promoting Learning Across the Curriculum
Building Character
Talking Person to Person
4. Venturing Beyond the Bake Sale
Establishing Connections
Cross-Fertilizing Ideas
Fostering Effective Advisory Councils
Developing Parent Capacity
District Initiatives: Setting the Example

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