“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.

Family Literacy: The Roles of School Libraries and Public Libraries

Family literacy: The roles of school libraries and public libraries
LesleyS. J.Farmer

A key factor in the literacy of our young people is the involvement of parents and guardians. No matter what the culture, parents are generally considered their children's first teachers. Yet sometimes these adults simply don't know how to get involved in their children's education. They may not know what role is appropriate, or they may not have the skills needed to help their own children. As the need for adult literacy becomes ever more vitally important, these issues of parent involvement become even more complex and problematic.

Because librarians work with the entire community, and network with other local community entities, they are well positioned ...

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