“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.
Chapter 4: The “what” and “How” of Helping Parents Help Students Become Successful Learners
The “what” and “How” of Helping Parents Help Students Become Successful Learners
When we speak to groups of teachers or parents at a school, we often ask them, “How many of you think it's important that your school work hard to ensure that your students are knowledgeable?” Not surprisingly, nearly all the hands go up. “How about responsible?” Again, many hands go up. “How many of you want the schools to help children resolve conflicts nonviolently?” Hands shoot up quickly. “And what about be caring?” Just about all the hands are up. “How about drug free?” Every hand goes up strongly.
“Well, our schools are very busy,” we respond then. “There is so ...