“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.

Sharing the Dream: Engaging Families as Partners in Supporting Student Success

Sharing the dream: Engaging families as partners in supporting student success
SusanFrelickWooley, CynthiaRosackerGlimpse, and SheriDeboeJohnson

Becoming concerned about the increased incidence of obesity among the students, Principal Stevens of Middletown School decided that a campaign to educate students' families, especially mothers, was in order. The campaign, planned and conducted in collaboration with a local dietician, included an article in the parent newsletter that provided ideas for nutritious snacks and suggestions for bag lunches, an after-school cooking demonstration with the chef of a local restaurant using affordable and easy-to-prepare ingredients, homework assignments for students to engage their parents in determining the nutrient content of a day's food, and e-mail reminders sent via the school's parent alert system.

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