Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships

by Anne T. Henderson, Vivian R. Johnson, Vivian Johnson, Karen L. Mapp
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1565848888

ISBN-13: 9781565848887

Pub. Date: 02/05/2007

Publisher: New Press, The

Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work

Overview

Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work.

Packed with tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and an invaluable resource section, Beyond the Bake Sale reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom.

Written with candor, clarity, and humor, Beyond the Bake Sale is essential reading for teachers, parents on the front lines in public schools, and administrators and policy makers at all levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565848887
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
02/05/2007
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
68,317
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Section I Why Partnerships Are Important

Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Bother to Read This Book? 1
Chapter 2 What Is a Family-School Partnership
Supposed to Look Like?
13

Section II Getting Started: Building the Relationship

Chapter 3 Ready, Set, Go! How Do You Know if You’re
Really Open to Partnership?
27
Chapter 4 Developing Relationships: How Can You Build
Trust Instead of Blaming Each Other?
47
Checklist: How Family-Friendly Is Your School? 75

Section III Guidelines for Action from Research

Chapter 5 Linking to Learning: How Will Involving Parents
Help Your Test Scores?
81
Checklist: How Closely Is Your School’s Parent Involvement
Program Linked to Student Learning? 108
Chapter 6 Addressing Differences: How Can You Deal with
Issues of Race, Class, and Culture?
113
Checklist: How Well Is Your School Bridging Racial, Class,
and Cultural Differences? 146
Chapter 7 Supporting Advocacy: How Can “Problem Parents”
Become Partners You Can Work With?
151
Checklist: How Well Does Your School Support Parents
as Advocates? 182
Chapter 8 Sharing Power: Who’s in Charge Here Anyway? 187
Checklist: How Well Is Your School Sharing Power and
Practicing Democracy? 214
Chapter 9 Scaling Up: Why Can’t All Schools in a District
Create Strong Partnerships with Families?
219
Checklist: How Well Does Your District Support Family and
Community Contents Engagement? 247

Section IV Resources and Tools

Chapter 10 Help! Where Can You Find Useful Resources
to Build Your Partnership?
251
Chapter Topics 252
Selected Resources 265
Recommended Reading from the San Diego PALs 286
Chapter 11 Tools to Support Your Work: Where Do We Start? 289

    1. Attitude Check 291
    2. Conference Checklist 293
    3. Developing a Code of Conduct 294
    4. District Policy on Family-School Partnership 296
    5. Family Involvement Coordinator—Sample Job Description 298
    6. Family Welcome Questionnaire 302
    7. Homework Survey 304
    8. Needs Assessment Survey 306
    9. Parent Review 307
    10. Parent Volunteer Survey 308
    11. School Climate Survey 311
    12. Tips for Developing a School Family Involvement Policy 314

Selected Bibliography 320
Notes 324
Index 331

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