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Fantastic Family Collaboration

Fantastic Family Collaboration
Susan AuerbachCalifornia State University, Northridge

What Really Works With Family Collaboration in the Elementary Classroom

Building Authentic Partnerships With Elementary School Families

How many of you would say that “parents are the heartbeat of the school?” A principal in Los Angeles who takes the time to participate in a Parents as Authors program, considers them exactly that. “I hear the parents’ stories and make a connection at such a human level,” she said (Auerbach, 2011, p. 20). This leader’s open, relationships-based approach is the new face of family engagement—an active, inclusive connection that supports families and students’ learning and development—as opposed to traditional parent involvement focused on the school’s agenda (Olivos, Ochoa, & Jimenez-Castellanos, 2011). Think of it as educators “doing with” ...

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