Create a plan to connect with every family! There’s no doubt that family engagement makes a world of difference for teachers and students—but connecting with parents of various ethnic, socioeconomic, or cultural backgrounds can be challenging for educators. Calvalyn Day’s groundbreaking book offers clear instructions for building strong relationships, beginning effective dialogues, strategizing, and monitoring progress. Through the author’s perspective as a parent, counselor, and advisor to families at risk, readers will discover • A step-by-step approach to family engagement developed for K-12 educators, including teachers, counselors, administrators and others • Complete how-to’s for creating and carrying out a family engagement plan based on the author’s Vision, Plan, Action model • Tools including a Parent Meeting Agenda, a Parent Empathy Map, an Educator Needs Assessment, and more Whether you work at a small rural school, in a large urban district, or anywhere in between, this invaluable book offers wisdom—and smart strategies—that will transform the experience for your students and their families, and lead to sustainable success. “Authentically Engaging Families is a wonderful guide for all those interested in engaging parents in the educational process in a variety of essential and creative ways.” Nina Orellana, MTSS Coordinator Palm Bay Academy Charter School “This book presents a much-needed illustration of why educators MUST improve family engagement and how educators can put these evidence-based approaches into practice.” Denise Michelle Voelker, Coordinator of Education and Training Programs University of Florida
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In the previous chapter, we discussed some of the historical and current research on parent engagement practices. Much of the data previously noted in literature were based on traditional public or private schools with traditional family structures. As we have discovered in practice, some of these techniques are less effective in inner-city, high-needs, public charter, magnet, or low-income or rural schools. In essence, different families have different needs. Professional educators seeking to engage all families need a toolbox that includes a variety of strategies. In this chapter, we ...