School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools / Edition 2

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How can teachers and administrators be prepared to create partnerships with families and communities? Nationwide, rhetoric in favor of parent involvement is high, but the quality of most programs still is low. Part of the problem is that most teacher education, administrative training, and other education of school professionals omit topics of school, family, and community partnerships. Instead, educators are prepared in limited ways to "deal with parents" when problems occur. Well-known and respected author Joyce Epstein updates her acclaimed School, Family, and Community Partnerships to reflect the past ten years of study and advancements. New readings address this growing field and offer expanded consideration of district leadership and its impact on school programs. Epstein contends it is now possible to prepare teachers and administrators with a solid base of knowledge on partnerships. Theoretical perspectives and results from research and development can and should be shared with educators. As partners, parents and teachers share responsibility for the education and development of their children. Common messages and collaborative activities of home and school help to promote student success, prevent problems, and solve those that arise. Epstein provides the material needed to help current educators and educators in training think about, talk about, and then act to develop comprehensive programs of school, family, and community partnerships. This collection is designed for use in courses of teacher education, preparation of school administrators, and other courses that prepare professionals to understand and to work in schools and with families and students. It is a definitive resource both in and out of the classroom with comments, discussion questions, activities, and field experiences in each of the chapters.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book should be required reading in any course on school improvement or school leadership, and for anyone seeking to look beyond quick fixes towards more durable supports for student learning.”
Carolyn Riehl, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

“Provides a firm foundation for the challenge inherent in implementing the complex process of school, family, and community interaction.”
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk

”Offers educators a framework for thinking about, talking about, and actually building comprehensive programs for school and family partnerships.”
Hispanic Outlook

”The strengths of this book are: 1) its extensive research on parents and their perceptions of school involvement; teacher perception and understanding of parent involvement; and students’ thinking about family involvement, 2) its combination of research and application, and policy initiatives in one text, 3) the clear, matter-of-fact writing style, which draws the reader into the work, and 4) the detailed history of the theories and practices of the family-school relationship in children’s learning.”
Teachers College Record

”Well-organized and contains activities based on theory and research that all school leaders can really put into practice.”
NASSP Bulletin

“Epstein has her hand on one of the most crucial levers for improving our educational system. The definitive sourcebook for teachers and scholars.”
—Kevin Ryan, Boston University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344478
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 205,985
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce L. Epstein is director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools, principal research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, and research professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of more than 100 publications on the nature and effects of family involvement.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

Part 1 Understanding School, Family, and Community Partnerships

1 Introduction 3

Matching Rhetoric with Practice 3

The Need 4

The Gap 5

Evidence of Change 7

Policies Encourage Preparation on Partnerships 9

More Is Needed 10

The Goals 11

Achieving the Goals 12

Using This Volume 12

Setting a Course 16

Featured Topics for Discussion 18

Activities and Exercises 19

Summary 20

References 21

2 Theory and Overview 25

Reading 2.1 Toward a Theory of Family-School Connections: Teacher Practices and Parent Involvement Joyce L. Epstein 26

Reading 2.2 Moving Forward: Ideas for Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships Joyce L. Epstein Steven B. Sheldon 42

Discussion and Activities 67

3 Research 91

Reading 3.1 Parent Involvement: A Survey of Teacher Practices Henry Jay Becker Joyce L. Epstein 95

Reading 3.2 Teachers' Reported Practices of Parent Involvement: Problems and Possibilities Joyce L. Epstein Henry Jay Becker 115

Reading 3.3 School Programs and Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement in Inner-City Elementary and Middle School Joyce L. Epstein Susan L. Dauber 129

Reading 3.4 Parents' Reactions to Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement Joyce L. Epstein 150

Reading 3.5 Single Parents and the Schools: Effects of Marital Status of Parent and Teacher Interactions Joyce L. Epstein 171

Reading 3.6 Parents' Attitudes and Practices of Involvement in Inner-City Elementary and Middle Schools Susan L. Dauber Joyce L. Epstein 200

Reading 3.7 Effects on Student Achievement of Teachers' Practices of Parent Involvement Joyce L. Epstein 216

Reading 3.8 Homework Practices, Achievements, and Behaviors of Elementary School Students Joyce L. Epstein 231

Reading 3.9 Student Reactions to Teachers' Practices of Parent Involvement Joyce L. Epstein 247

Discussion and Activities 257

Part 2 Applying Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships

4 Policy Implications 299

Reading 4.1 Parent Involvement: State Education Agencies Should Lead the Way Joyce L. Epstein 304

Reading 4.2 Sample State and District Policies on School, Family, and Community Partnerships 312

Reading 4.3 Research Meets Policy and Practice: How Are School Districts Addressing NCLB Requirements for Parental Involvement" Joyce L. Epstein 331

Discussion and Activities 347

5 A Practical Framework for Developing Comprehensive Partnership Programs 387

Reading 5.1 School, Family, and Community Partnerships-Caring for the Children We Share Joyce L. Epstein 389

Discussion and Activities 415

6 Practical Applications: Linking Family and Community Involvement to Student Learning 493

Reading 6.1 More Than Minutes: Teachers' Roles in Designing Homework Joyce L. Epstein Frances L. Van Voorhis 496

Reading 6.2 Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS): Interactive Homework in Math, Science, and Language Arts Joyce L. Epstein 521

Reading 6.3 Organizing Productive Volunteers in the Middle Grades Joyce L. Epstein 555

Discussion and Activities 562

7 Strategies for Action in Practice, Policy, and Research 573

Discussion and Activities 576

Index 617

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