Parents and Teachers as Partners: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators / Edition 1

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As a child's first caregiver and teacher, a parent has both the right and the responsibility to be involved in the child's formal education. Early childhood programs need to begin to involve parents in the education of their children. It has never been possible to help children grow and develop without the mutual respect and cooperation between home and school. Today, this cooperation is more important than ever in children's achievement. Comprehensive yet practical, this textbook offers many strategies for working with families from diverse backgrounds or those who have children with special needs; communicating via written and oral means; organizing parent group meetings, conferences, and home visits; and utilizing support systems, including volunteers and community networks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155004832
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda Andre has worked extensively with young children and parents for the past 20 years. An early childhood teacher with experience in preschool through third grade, she serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum for the Edwardsville Community Unit School District. Dr. Andre has taught parent involvement classes at Southern Illinois University and is a grant writer for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. She received her doctorate and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and her B.S. in child development from Western Illinois University. She is completing post-doctoral coursework toward acquisition of the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement.

Mary Hawley has more than 20 years experience teaching early childhood special education, preschool, primary grades, and middle school in both rural and urban settings. She also has taught education courses at Blackburn College, and a variety of parenting classes. Working with the University of Illinois Extension for eight years, she was the director of STARnet Region IV, a project of the Illinois State Board of Education offering resources, support, training and consultation to professionals and families of children with special needs. She is teaching in an inclusive preschool program with Alton Public Schools. Mary Hawley received her master's degree in early childhood special education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why Parent Involvement? 3
Ch. 2 Parents and Teachers as Partners: Issues and Challenges 23
Ch. 3 Working with Families from Diverse Cultures 47
Ch. 4 Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs 65
Ch. 5 Written Correspondence 101
Ch. 6 Verbal Communications 150
Ch. 7 Home Visits 177
Ch. 8 Parent Group Meetings 195
Ch. 9 Parent-Teacher Conferences 209
Ch. 10 Parent and Community Volunteers 225
Ch. 11 Parents as Decision Makers: Empowerment in Process 243
Ch. 12 Utilizing Community Networks and Collaborations: Linking Education and Human Services for Family Support 261
Appendix: Resources 281
Credits 299
Index 301
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