“Establishing school-family-community partnerships to promote the social, emotional, and academic learning of students is the most important challenge for 21st-century education. In this volume, leading practitioners and researchers compellingly convey the rationale and inspiration for these partnerships. They also share many practical, innovative, and effective strategies that readers can readily implement to engage partners in raising knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and contributing children.”

—Roger P. Weissberg, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor University of Illinois at Chicago

Making schooling a community endeavor!

Because schools are the heart and soul of a community, educational leaders have a responsibility to bring the community into the school, as well as to make the school a part of the surrounding community. This volume in the Soul of Educational Leadership series goes beyond administrative skills to examine educators' pivotal role of leading family and community involvement in school success.

With articles written by leading authorities and practitioners in the field, this resource discusses how school leaders can build successful family and community partnerships that flourish even in trying circumstances and over time. Readers will find:

Contributions from Alan M. Blankstein, Pedro A. Noguera, Mavis G. Sanders, Paul D. Houston, Edward H. Moore, and others; Inspiring and unique perspectives on the interplay of family and community in school success; Ideas for engaging families as partners.

Engaging Families to Enhance Student Success

Engaging families to enhance student success
AlanM.Blankstein and PedroA.Noguera

School leaders today have to be more outward facing than ever before, willing to provide extended school services and work co-operatively with social services, health care professionals, and the local community.

—G. Southworth (2009)

The above quote was part of a “best practices” white paper created by the largest educational leadership organization in the world, based in the United Kingdom. It was written for a group of U.S. leaders who, in February 2009, gathered in Washington to provide the Obama administration with recommendations on the future course of American education.

This perspective, while on target and backed by more research than similar previously published reports, is not entirely new. Consider this quote from the widely ...

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