In It Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms
Publication Year: 2015
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 ...
- Front Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: What It Means to Be “In It Together” in Education
- Chapter 2: An Involved Classroom Community
- Chapter 3: Infusing the Assets of Students and Families Into Classroom Learning
- Chapter 4: Preparing for Classroom Community
- Chapter 5: The Academic Learning Benefits of Being “In It Together”
- Chapter 6: Using Classroom Events to Empower Students and Families
- Chapter 7: Widening the Circle Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning 117
- Chapter 8: Using Learning Partnerships in Professional Development: Applying the Ideas 139
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Dedication and Acknowledgments[Page ix]
We express our gratitude to several individuals who contributed to this project. Many educators took time away from their busy schedules to read early drafts, provide suggestions, and let us know that we were on the right path to what they believe is sorely needed. Lydia Breiseth, manager of Colorín Colorado, graciously put us in touch with the American Federation of Teachers, and we reached out to exemplary colleagues including outstanding members of the ASCD and TESOL communities in our effort to provide a broad range of examples-in-practice from across the United States in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Thank you to the following teachers and specialists for doing just that: Kelley Brown, Darryl Clark, Angela Ghent, Susan Goldstein, Kristina Labadie, Louise Levy, Alicia Lopez, Keith Maletta, Elise May, Alexandra McCourt, Jennifer Melton, Ntina Paleos, Maureen Penko, Lucy Gable, Barbara Rothenberg, Sylvia Schumann, and Pam Snow.
Throughout, our editor, Dan Alpert, provided steadfast support, encouragement, and suggestions, including an external review process, which further strengthened the book. Cassandra Seibel and Sarah Duffy, from Corwin, polished our writing and made it shine. We are grateful to Corwin for their exceptional commitment and valuable support throughout the process, and we are especially grateful to Cesar Reyes and Kimberly Greenberg for their care and attention to details large and small throughout this effort.
We spent many hours on this project. A very special and heartfelt thanks goes to our spouses, children, and friends for their support throughout and for flexibility when deadlines loomed.
Last, but by no means least, the ideas for this book would not be possible without the inspiring students and inspired teachers we [Page x]have known. We dedicate this book to them and to the families and communities that stand together to bring the ideals of equity, access, and engagement ever closer to possibility day by day.Publisher’s Acknowledgments
Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:
- Christel Broady
- Associate Professor, Graduate Education
- Georgetown College
- Georgetown, KY
- Ayanna Cooper
- Educational Consultant
- Circle Dallas, GA
- Andrea Honigsfeld
- Molloy College
- Rockville Centre, NY
- Dorothy Kelly
- Student Teacher Supervisor
- Fontbonne University
- St. Louis, MO
- Jane Kerschner
- Educator and Leadership Coach
- Kaleidoscope Coaching and Consulting
- Chevy Chase, MD
- Katherine Lobo
- Teacher (K–12) and Adjunct Professor (undergraduate and graduate level)
- Dr. Liliana Minaya-Rowe
- Professor Emerita
- University of Connecticut
- [Page xi]Melissa Nixon
- Director of Title I
- Guilford County Schools
- Greensboro, NC
- Tamara Jo Rhomberg
- National Literacy Consultant
- Zaner-Bloser Company
- Fenton, MO
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