Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships

by Mavis Sanders
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412960428

ISBN-13: 9781412960427

Pub. Date: 04/27/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Research has shown that strong principal leadership is critical to developing effective school partnerships that include diverse school, family, and community members. This book provides administrators with a clear road map for initiating partnership programs that are goal-focused, equitable, and sustainable.

In this research-based resource, the authors highlight

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Overview

Research has shown that strong principal leadership is critical to developing effective school partnerships that include diverse school, family, and community members. This book provides administrators with a clear road map for initiating partnership programs that are goal-focused, equitable, and sustainable.

In this research-based resource, the authors highlight the work of principals who have cultivated successful partnerships across many settings to show other school leaders how they can develop the necessary supportive school cultures. Examining the administrator's role in the success and quality of home-school partnerships and student outcomes, this guidebook

Synthesizes research on principal leadership, school and community partnerships, and urban education reform

Discusses the role of fathers in children's learning and ways of working with families that live in poverty, are linguistically diverse, or have children with disabilities

Offers practical recommendations for evaluating and refining partnership programs to ensure they are linked with student achievement goals

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412960427
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/27/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

About the Authors ix

Introduction: Standards for School, Family, and Community Partnerships 1

Part I Laying the Foundation 7

1 Policy, Theory, and Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships 9

Partnerships and Academic Outcomes 12

Partnerships and Nonacademic Outcomes 20

Why This Matters for Principals 23

Reflection Questions 24

2 Reculturing Schools for School, Family, and Community Partnerships 25

Schools as Community Institutions 25

Developing a Coordinated Program of School, Family, and Community Partnerships 27

Principal Leadership and School Outcomes 28

Obstacles to Effective School, Family, and Community Partnerships 29

Steps Toward Recultured Schools 32

Why This Matters for Principals 39

Reflection Questions 40

Part II Responding to Diversity 41

3 Fathers and School, Family, and Community Partnerships 43

Why Fathers Matter 43

Father Demographics 45

The Role of Fathers 46

Guidelines for Developing Partnership Efforts to Involve Fathers 48

Practical Partnership Activities 51

Why This Matters for Principals 56

Reflection Questions 57

4 Families of Children With Disabilities and School, Family, and Community Partnerships 59

IDEA and Children With Disabilities 60

District and School Outreach to Families of Children With Disabilities 60

Specific Needs and Experiences of Families of Children With Disabilities 61

Engagement Strategies for Families of Children With Disabilities 65

Creating Inclusive Environments for Families of Children with Disabilities 73

Why This Matters for Principals 75

Reflection Questions 76

5 Linguistically Diverse Families and School, Family, and CommunityPartnerships 77

Growth in Immigration and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students and Families 77

LEP Students and Families 78

LEP Students and NCLB 79

Strategies to Facilitate the Involvement of LEP Families 80

Culturally Intelligent Principal Leadership 88

Why This Matters for Principals 89

Reflection Questions 90

6 Families Living in Poverty and School, Family, and Community Partnerships 91

Challenges Faced by Low-Income Families 91

Avoiding a Deficit Perspective 93

A Collaborative Approach 94

Why This Matters for Principals 105

Reflection Questions 106

Part III Maximizing Outcomes 107

7 Evaluating Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships 109

Planning an Evaluation 110

Collecting Data 116

Presenting the Findings 121

Why This Matters for Principals 121

Reflection Questions 122

Concluding Thoughts 123

References 127

Index 141

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