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Building Parent Capacity in High-Poverty Schools

Building Parent Capacity in High-Poverty Schools
Actions for Authentic Impact

Foreword by Doug Reeves

May 2024 | 128 pages | Corwin

Discover practical strategies to foster meaningful connections with parents and families.

Parental engagement today changes the future of education for the students and parents of tomorrow. In Building Parent Capacity in High Poverty Schools, the educational leader known as “the woman who makes schools work for the poor” shares insightful strategies and personal stories to guide educators in fostering meaningful connections with parents. Leveraging her wealth of experience in education, Dr. Anderson underlines the vital role of family engagement and the integration of comprehensive support structures centered around families.

Underscoring the importance of nurturing parent capacity and cultivating authentic relationships with parents and community stakeholders, the book enables learning communities where parents are active participants in their child’s educational journey. Additional features include:

  • Definitions of parent capacity, involvement, and engagement
  • "Learned and Lived” stories highlighting school districts successfully supporting families and students
  • "In Action” sections demonstrating the application of tools and strategies in different contexts
  • A discussion of the significance of school funding and resource management

By moving from rhetoric to reality, from jargon to clarity, and from bake sales to budget considerations, this strikingly practical book offers tools, methods, and ideas that school leaders and educators can use to engage parents, build their capacity, and ultimately create a future of hope for generations to come.

Chapter 1: Understanding Parent Capacity and Its Role in School Success
Chapter 2: Building Relationships With Parents
Chapter 3: Walking the Talk
Chapter 4: Building Capacity Through Powerful Partnership
Chapter 5: Funding the Promise of a Better Future
Conclusion: Inspiration and Call to Action from Linda Brown

Tiffany Anderson

After serving as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent, in 2016 Tiffany Anderson EdD, became the first African American female superintendent for Topeka Public Schools in Topeka, Kansas. home of Brown v. Board, the Supreme Court case that ended legal segregation. Dr. Anderson is the longest serving superintendent in Topeka Public Schools, and during her tenure, they gained 3 national Magna Awards from the National School Board Association under her leadership for their innovative approaches impacting families and the community.  Over the decades of serving as a superintendent, Dr. Anderson's... More About Author

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