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Home–School Collaboration

  • By: Elizabeth A. Mizerek & Sandra L. Christenson
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Home–school collaboration, which involves connecting with families at school and at home, can be defined as a partnership between family members and school staff. Building a home–school partnership is a key responsibility for schools in order to promote the highest standards of education. In reaching out to both families and teachers, school psychologists play an important role and have a unique opportunity. The relevance of home–school partnerships has been underscored by the Futures Workgroup of the National Association of School Psychologists (2004), which has named three goals for enhancing these partnerships:

  • Identify evidence-based models of effective family–school partnerships.
  • Engage in activities to change the culture of schooling to ensure that families are integral partners in the educational process of children.
  • Change preservice education and training ...
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