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Learning about the Community: How can We Learn More about Parents and Families?
Learning about the community: How can we learn more about parents and families?
Introduction

We all know that we are living in an era of standards-based reform. Fortunately, some of these reforms emphasize more deliberate engagement with the families and home communities of our students. In this chapter, we revisit the purpose of standards-based reforms, which are primarily intended as a mechanism for greater accountability. In response to such reforms, we describe methods for getting educators involved in the community based on Epstein's (1995, 2001) typology of traditional versus nontraditional ways of including and learning from parents. Most of these methods are being used in school systems across the United States with the goal ...

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