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Reaching Out
A K-8 Resource for Connecting Families and Schools



August 2002 | 144 pages | Corwin
`The timing for Reaching Out could not have been better. Just when educators are beginning to realize that teachers need training in how to work with parents, Dianne W Kyle, Ellen McIntyre, Karne B Miller, and Gayle H Moore bring us a book that is a welcome breath of fresh air' - Patricia A Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Parental involvement is central to improved student performance, and in this book the authors illustrate how sustained parental involvement not only improves individual performance, but also has transformed classrooms and even entire schools. This book will provide teachers with a myriad of activities and ideas to connect in a meaningful way with the families of their students. Some activities are time and resource-intensive, and other ideas can be implemented with a minimum of preparation and effort.

Roland G. Tharp
Foreword
 
Preface
Acknowledgments

 
 
About the Authors
 
1. Connecting With Families
 
2. Building Trusting Relationships
 
3. Strategies for Enhancing Communication
 
4. Building Effective Partnerships Through Family Workshops
 
5. Reaching Out Through Family Visits
 
6. Modifying Instructional Practices to Increase Family Involvement
 
7. Involving Families in Homework
 
Conclusion
 
Resource A: Books of Interest to Elementary Students and Their Families
 
Resource B: Books of Interest to Middle School Students and Their Families
 
References
 
Index

"In today’s era of accountability, it is refreshing to find a book that helps teachers think beyond teaching to the tests to focus instead on children and families and ways to create opportunities for successful learning."

Dorene Ross, Professor
School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, Gainesville

"The timing for Reaching Out could not have been better. Just when educators are beginning to realize that teachers need training in how to work with parents, the authors bring us a book that is a welcome breath of fresh air."

Patricia A. Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy
Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

"Reaching Out describes a great variety of ways to respectfully and productively engage families in helping their children learn and grow. Throughout the text the reader is reminded that parents are experts about their children and that trusting relationships are built on respectful, two-way communications. The authors also remind us that the goal of family involvement is not parent participation at school events and activities but improved student achievement.”

Steve McCafferty, Principal
Mildred Dean School. Newport, KY

Diane W. Kyle

Diane W. Kyle is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. She has coauthored Reaching Out: A K–8 Resource for Connecting Schools and Families and Reflective Teaching for Student Empowerment: Elementary Curriculum and Methods, coedited Creating Nongraded Primary Classrooms: Teachers’ Stories and Lessons Learned, and pub­lished in such journals as Language Arts, Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, Education & Equity, Teaching Children Mathematics, and Elementary School Journal. Her most recent project, co­directed with Ellen McIntyre, is “Sheltered... More About Author

Ellen McIntyre

Ellen McIntyre is a literacy professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville, where she teaches courses on lit­eracy research and instruction and studies children’s development in light of instructional contexts. She has published extensively, having coau­thored Reaching Out: A K–8 Resource for Connecting Schools and Families, coedited Classroom Diversity: Connecting School Curricula to Students’ Lives, Balanced Instruction: Strategies and Skills in Whole Language, and Creating Nongraded Primary Programs, and published in such journals as Language Arts, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of... More About Author

Karen B. Miller

Karen B. Miller has taught elementary school for more  than 20 years in grades 1–4. She currently teaches at Roby Elementary in Bullitt County, Kentucky. For two years, she participated as a teacher-researcher on the study, “Children’s Academic Development in Nongraded Primary Programs,” funded by the Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Making family visits during this time enabled her to learn more about the students in her classroom and to make connections in her instruction, often through Family Nights she planned and implemented. She has co­authored... More About Author

Gayle H. Moore

Gayle H. Moore recently retired after teaching elementary school for 31 years at grades K–8, including 9 years in the nongraded primary program at LaGrange Elementary in Oldham County, Kentucky. Throughout that time, she participated as a teacher-researcher on studies related to the nongraded primary. She has coauthored Reaching Out: A K–8 Resource for Connecting Schools and Families, a chapter in Creating Nongraded Primary Classrooms: Teachers’ Stories and Lessons Learned, and articles in Language Arts and Peabody Journal of Education. She has presented at conferences of the American Educational Research Association, the International... More About Author

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