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Leadership for Family and Community Involvement

Leadership for Family and Community Involvement

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March 2013 | 160 pages | Corwin
Because schools are the heart and soul of a community, educational leaders have a responsibility to bring the community into the school, as well as to make the school a part of the surrounding community. This volume in the Soul of Educational Leadership series goes beyond administrative skills to examine educators' pivotal role of leading family and community involvement in school success.

With articles written by leading authorities and practitioners in the field, this resource discusses how school leaders can build successful family and community partnerships that flourish even in trying circumstances and over time. Readers will find:

- Contributions from Alan M. Blankstein, Pedro A. Noguera, Mavis G. Sanders, Paul D. Houston, Edward H. Moore, and others

- Inspiring and unique perspectives on the interplay of family and community in school success

- Ideas for engaging families as partners

Robert Cole
About the Authors
Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro A. Noguera
1. Engaging Families to Enhance Student Success
Mavis G. Sanders
2. Parents as Leaders: School, Family, and Community Partnerships in Two Districts
Susan Frelick-Wooley, Cynthia Rosacker Glimpse, and Sheri DeBoe Johnson
3. Sharing the Dream: Engaging Families as Partners in Supporting Student Success
Yoni Schwab & Maurice J. Elias
4. The ‘What’ and ‘How’ of Helping Parents Help Students Become Successful Learners
Lesley S. J. Farmer
5. Family Literacy: The Roles of School Libraries and Public Libraries
Edward H. Moore
6. Balancing Your Communication Ledger:Using Audits to Involve Communities and Build Support for Schools
Lin Kuzmich
7. Manage the Molehill Before It Becomes a Mountain: Keeping Parent Interactions Productive for Students
Paul D. Houston
8. Raising the Village by Bringing Communities and Schools Together

"Establishing school-family-community partnerships to promote the social, emotional, and academic learning of students is the most important challenge for 21st-century education. In this volume, leading practitioners and researchers compellingly convey the rationale and inspiration for these partnerships. They also share many practical, innovative, and effective strategies that readers can readily implement to engage partners in raising knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and contributing children."

Roger P. Weissberg, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

"This is a wonderful resource for all levels of educational leaders, new or seasoned. The foundational concepts, research-based strategies, and real-life examples offer useful information for involving families in schooling and student learning. Additionally, the attention paid to the values, attitudes, and behaviors of families is much appreciated. This is not a recipe book. Rather, it is a compilation of what matters for thoughtfully engaging all families."

Jean West Lewis, Family and Community Outreach Specialist
Howard County Public Schools, Columbia, MD

"It takes leadership to establish mutually respectful and responsible family-school partnerships. This book is very timely because the authors provide insight about how this leadership might take shape and offer guidance for establishing effective partnerships that engage families in the academic lives of their children. The guidance is based on real experiences in schools and districts. This book moves us forward—together."

Jeana Preston, Director, California Parent Center
San Diego State University Research Foundation

"This important collection of papers by many of the nation’s educational leaders provides specific and concrete ideas that practitioners can use to support the whole school community and the whole child."

Jonathan Cohen, President
Center for Social and Emotional Education

"It is rare to find a book on family and community involvement that is insightfully sensitive to the needs of parents. This book offers clear examples and methods to create authentic partnerships that will benefit everyone, especially our children.”

Barbara Flis, Founder
Parent Action for Healthy Kids

Paul D. Houston

Paul D. Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American education through his extensive speaking engagements, published articles, and his regular appearances on national radio and television. Formerly executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008, Houston has served as a teacher and building administrator in North Carolina and New Jersey. He has also served as assistant superintendent in Birmingham, Alabama, and as superintendent of schools in Princeton, NJ; Tucson, AZ; and Riverside, CA. Houston has served in an adjunct capacity for the University of North... More About Author

Alan M. Blankstein

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began his career in education as a music teacher. He worked for Phi Delta Kappa, March of Dimes, and Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years while launching Professional Learning Communities beginning in the late 1980s. He is the author of the best-selling book Failure Is Not an Option®: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, which received the... More About Author

Robert W. Cole

Robert W. Cole is proprietor and founder of Edu-Data, a firm specializing in writing, research, and publication services. He was a member of the staff of Phi Delta Kappan magazine for 14 years: assistant editor 1974-1976, managing editor 1976-1980, and editor-in-chief 1981-88. During his tenure as editor-in-chief, the Kappan earned more than 40 Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, three of them for his editorials. Since leaving the Kappan, Cole has served as founding vice president of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform (1990-1994). At CLSR he managed districtwide and... More About Author

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