Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement

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Using the culturally responsive family support model, this text prepares teachers to work effectively with the diverse families of their students

Filled with practical suggestions and reflective opportunities, Home, School, and Community Collaboration uses the culturally responsive family support model to prepare readers to work with children from diverse families. This text includes contributions from 24 experts in the field in addressing the issues in family involvement that today’s teachers are likely to encounter.

Key Features

  • Covers family systems theory, family involvement models, and the family support approach
  • Includes a wide range of practical strategies for use in today’s schools, as well as activities that help readers make connections between the course content and their own experiences
  • Features case studies and vignettes that provide opportunities for reflection and help readers apply text information to real-life settings
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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen M. Sheridan
“You can read any number of text books on schools and family involvement, but this textbook stands out in that the ideas presented are practical, the examples are real, and future teachers will be able to actually incorporate many of the suggestions into their own dealings with parents, families, and schools.”
Amy J. Malkus
“Family involvement is one of the best predictors of academic success for students; therefore it is vital that future educators are well-informed about supportive family involvement practices. Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement provides students with this important information.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412954747
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 724,965
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy B. Grant, EdD, is an associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction at SUNY Plattsburgh’s School of Education. She taught undergraduate courses in family involvement, as well as graduate courses in educational psychology and child development. She also worked as a home-school coordinator through Title 1 in the Missoula School District in Missoula, Montana. During her six years in this position, she oversaw the development of family resource centers at the elementary and middle school levels, worked with family outreach specialists and social workers, established parent libraries, and conducted home visits. As home-school coordinator, she helped develop an Even Start program serving children and parents. Having taught second, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, as well as high school, she has worked collaboratively with families for more than 30 years. In 2014 in collaboration with two rural upstate New York school districts, she consulted on establishment of two elementary family resource centers. These two centers will be part of a larger SUNY clinical field experience effort to prepare teacher candidates to authentically work with families.

Julie A. Ray (Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia) is a professor of Education and Department Chairperson at Southeast Missouri State University. She has been in the field of early childhood and elementary education for over 31 years. As a primary grades teacher and librarian, she worked hard to develop positive relationships with the families of her students. As a teacher educator in Early Childhood Education at two different four-year universities, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in family engagement, as well as done numerous presentations and publications on collaborating with diverse families.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Understanding Family Involvement: Building a Knowledge Base for Culturally Responsive Family Involvement
Chapter 1: Family Involvement and the Beginning Educator - Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
Chapter 2: Theories and Models for Family Involvement in Schools - Josephine Agnew-Tally, Donald Mott
Chapter 3: Family Support Strategies and Standards Promoting Collaborative Practices - Helen Nissani, Dorothy Singleton
Chapter 4: Parenting Today's Children - Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
Section II: Appreciating Families: Today's Diverse Families
Chapter 5: Structurally Diverse Families - Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
Chapter 6: Culturally Diverse Families - Luis Hernandez, Lynn Zubov, Joyce Goddard, Manuel Vargas
Chapter 7: Students of Families in Transition - Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
Chapter 8: Families Overcoming Obstacles - John Wong, Jonathan Livingston, George Cliett, Sherry Eaton
Chapter 9: Families in Abusive Situations - Keith Anderson
Section III: Supporting Families: Teachers' Roles in Family Involvement
Chapter 10: Teacher as Classroom Family Involvement Practitioner - Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
Chapter 11: Teacher as Family Communication Facilitator - Jeannine Studer
Chapter 12: Working With Families of Children With Special Needs
Chapter 13: Teacher as a Family Resource and Advocate - Josephine Agnew-Tally, Donald Mott, Sheila Brookes, Kathy Thornburg
Section IV: Organizing for Family Involvement: Putting Knowledge and Skills Into Action
Chapter 14: Preparing for Family Events - Vincent Snipes, Pamela Moses-Snipes, Catherine Matthews, Jewell Cooper, Carole Robinson
Chapter 15: Schoolwide Family Involvement Activities
Appendix A: NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Appendix B: State Agencies for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Appendix C: Family Involvement Program Mandates
Appendix D: Legislation Impacting Families and Children
About the Authors
About the Contributing Authors
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