Building School-Community Partnerships: Collaboration for Student Success / Edition 1

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Overview

How can we partner with our communities to improve school programs increase students’ success?

Community involvement is a powerful tool in generating resources essential for educational excellence. This sharp, insightful book is an excellent resource for educators seeking to establish school-community partnerships to achieve goals for their schools, students, and communities. Work successfully with community partners to improve school programs, strengthen families, and expand students’ learning experiences by collaborating with community partners such as:

  • Businesses and corporations
  • Universities and higher learning institutions
  • National and local volunteer organizations
  • Social service agencies and health partners
  • Faith-based organizations

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Catapano
"A comprehensive guide to begin the process of involving community agencies and parents in the success of schools. Easy to read and gives step-by-step guidelines to making sure the pieces are in place for a successful community partnership."
Curriculum Connections
"A broad and insightful overview of theory, research, and practice in the field of school-community partnerships. The author looks at common collaborations and a variety of goals, from improved math skills to better school landscaping."
Harvard Educational Review
"The first comprehensive book written to guide educators and practitioners in the practical aspects of building school-community partnerships. Pushing us to move beyond a mere focus on parental involvement, Sanders calls for a broader understanding of engaging the community outside the school walls."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412917650
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 417,243
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mavis G. Sanders is assistant professor of education in the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), and senior advisor to the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of many articles on the effects of school, fam­ily, and community support on African American adolescents’ school suc­cess, the impact of partnership programs on the quality of family and community involvement, and international research on partnerships. She is interested in how schools involve families that are traditionally hard to reach, how schools meet challenges for implementing excellent programs and practices, and how schools define “community” and develop mean­ingful school-family-community connections. Her most recent book is Schooling Students Placed at Risk: Research, Policy, and Practice in the Education of Poor and Minority Adolescents (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000).She earned her Ph D in education from Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Joyce L. Epstein
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Community Involvement: Why and What?
Rationales for Community Involvement in Schools
Community Involvement in Schools: Form and Fashion
Obstacles to Community Partnerships
Summary
2. A Closer Look at Common Community Partnerships
Business Partnerships
University Partnerships
Service Learning Partnerships
School-Linked Service Integration
Faith-Based Partnerships
Summary
3. Components of Successful Community Partnerships
High-Functioning Schools
Student-Centered Learning Environments
Effective Partnership Teams
Principal Leadership
External Support
Summary
4. Building Capacity for Successful Community Partnerships: A Vignette
The School
The Goal
The Team
The Project
The Community Partners
The Results
Lessons Learned
Summary
5. Bringing the Community In: An Elementary School Story
Background
Community Partners
Commitment to Students’ Learning
Principal Leadership
Action Team for Partnerships
Welcoming School Climate
Two-Way Communication
Summary
6. Creating Closer Community Ties: A High School Study
Background
Principal Leadership
A Student Focus
Community Partners and Activities
Summary
7. Promising Practices for Community Partnerships
Activity 1: Goal—Improve Reading (2004)
Activity 2: Goal—Improve Math Skills (2003)
Activity 3: Goal—Increase Students' Awareness of Career Opportunities (2001)
Activity 4: Goal—Improve Ninth-Grade Performance on State Proficiency Exam (2002)
Activity 5: Goal—Improve Student Writing and Technology Skills (2002)
Activity 6: Goal—Improve Student Reading (2002)
Activity 7: Goal—Improve School Landscaping (2002)
Activity 8: Goal—Provide Community Service (2002)
Activity 9: Goal—Improve Student Oral and Written Communication (2004)
Activity 10: Goal—Improve Facilities for Students With Disabilities (2004)
Activity 11: Goal—Improve Student Science Skills (2000)
Activity 12: Goal—Provide Afterschool Activities for Middle School Students (2000)
Summary
8. Preparing Educational Leaders for Community Partnerships: A Workshop Agenda
Building Community Partnerships Agenda
Summary
9. Concluding Thoughts
Resource A: Sample Activities
Activity 1: Locating Community Partners
Activity 2: Improving the Partnership Process
Activity 3: Improving Community Partnership Quality
Activity 4: Garnering Principal Support for Partnerships
Resource B: Sample Letters
Sample Letter 1: Partnership Communication
Sample Letter 2: Partnership Activity Follow-Up
Endnotes
References
Index

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