Families in Schools: A Chorus of Voices in Restructuring

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Families in Schools is a rich and highly credible account of what is possible when schools and families become partners in school restructuring. It is a book that will change the way educators and parents relate, revealing some new understandings of how to involve parents in more meaningful ways.

This book reflects the experiences of teachers, site administrators, and especially parents--all of whom collaborated in the Accelerated Schools Project, a systematic restructuring process involving several different schools. In Part I of the book, the authors speak with some of the teachers and principals and consider why some schools were more successful than others in developing powerful learning environments and in empowering teachers and parents. Part II takes an in-depth look at the four schools that made the most substantial inroads in parent involvement, providing parent interviews and case studies. Part III proposes a set of lessons derived from the participants' experiences--valuable information for school communities attempting to encourage parent involvement or interested in assessing their own experiences.

The authors found that the capacity to reflect critically and openly, by parents and educators alike, plays a more critical role than any particular set of tactics. They also found that the caring voices that the parents contributed to the conversation were a crucial force in the restructuring process. This book invites others to join the conversation and explore all that they can achieve when they work together.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435088972
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 11/12/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Leetta Allen-Haynes is an associate professor and the coordinator of the graduate program in the College of Education at Southern University. Previously, she served as a trainer and action researcher in the Louisiana Accelerated Schools Network at the University of New Orleans.

Alison Griffith is an associate professor in the faculty of education at York University, Toronto. She has published extensively in the areas of feminist methodology and family/school/educational policy relations.

Edward St. John is a professor of educational administration and director of policy initiatives at the University of Dayton, School of Education. Previously, he was a professor of education leadership at the University of New Orleans, where he served as a trainer and action researcher in the Louisiana Accelerated Schools Network.

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Table of Contents

Parents in Restructuring

Restructuring in Schools

Building Community in Schools

Learning with Parents

Becoming Distinctive

Volunteering in Schools

The Rewards of Volunteering

Parents in Restructuring

Lessons Learned

Reconstructing Power Relationships

Building Learning Communities

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