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In It Together
How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms



March 2015 | 184 pages | Corwin

Harness the power of teacher, student, school, family, and community partnerships to promote student success

Teaching effectively in diverse classrooms has become more complex than ever. The authors of this practical, compelling, and inspiring book propose that understanding the spheres of influence that connect students with teachers, peers, family members, and the broader community significantly increases the odds that every student will succeed in school.  In clear, practitioner-friendly language with examples from an inspiring range of K-12 educators, the authors explore how tapping into the rich resources of teachers, students, families, the school community and the community-at-large can make the work of learning more successful for all involved. Richly detailed vignettes and concrete, evidence-based strategies help you systematically:

 

  • Build coalitions of support around learning and engagement
  • Develop positive relationships with students, their families and their communities
  • Foster positive, reciprocal partnerships
  • Promote peer-to-peer relationship building
  • Support students and families from marginalized populations

Learn to draw from the rich resources found within your learning community to build bridges to academic success for all learners. This comprehensive book shows you how!

"Building meaningful relationships in education can be difficult, particularly when the parties involved are different from one another in identity, experience, and other ways. As a result, although in principle collaborations and partnerships in education are universally lauded, in practice they are often ignored. What we need are examples of partnerships that work. In it Together by Debbie Zacarain and Michael Silverstone suggests productive ways to work with, learn from, and form authentic relationships with diverse communities. Combining their abundant experience in classrooms and schools, and using examples from caring teachers in diverse classrooms, the authors demonstrate what it means to really be “in it together.” Teachers, administrators, and everyone who cares about the future of education in a diverse society will benefit from the strategies they suggest."
Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita
University of Massachusetts

 
1. What It Means to Be “In It Together” in Education
 
2. An Involved Classroom Community
 
3. Infusing the Assets of Students and Families Into Classroom Learning
 
4. Preparing for Classroom Community
 
5. The Academic Learning Benefits of Being “In It Together”
 
6. Using Classroom Events to Empower Students and Families
 
7. Widening the Circle Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning
 
8. Using Learning Partnerships in Professional Development: Applying the Ideas
 
Index

"Building meaningful relationships in education can be difficult, particularly when the parties involved are different from one another in identity, experience, and other ways. As a result, although in principle collaborations and partnerships in education are universally lauded, in practice they are often ignored. What we need are examples of partnerships that work. In it Together, by Debbie Zacarian and Michael Silverstone, suggests productive ways to work with, learn from, and form authentic relationships with diverse communities. Combining their abundant experience in classrooms and schools, and using examples from caring teachers in diverse classrooms, the authors demonstrate what it means to really be “in it together.” Teachers, administrators, and everyone who cares about the future of education in a diverse society will benefit from the strategies they suggest."

 

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita
Language, Literacy and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deborah E. Zacarian

Dr. Debbie Zacarian, founder of Zacarian and Associates, is known for her expertise in strengths-based leadership, instructional practices, and partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse student and family populations.  With over three decades of combined experience as a district administrator, university faculty member, and educational service agency leader, she has been providing professional development throughout the United States.  She has written many books and more than 100 journal articles and district and state policies focused on leadership and instructional practices with diverse learners- including... More About Author

Michael Alan Silverstone

Michael Silverstone has been a full-time elementary teacher in Massachusetts since 1998. With Debbie Zacarian, he co-authored the Grade 2 chapter in Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Promoting Content and Language Learning, Mathematics, Grades K-2 (Corwin). His essay recounting his discovery of the vital importance of maintaining professional autonomy while fostering relationships with students, families and colleagues—in spite of all the pressures to standardize classroom practice—is the closing teacher-essay in the anthology Why We Teach Now, edited by Sonia Nieto (Teacher’s College Press). Silverstone is also the author of a... More About Author

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