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Beyond the bake sale : the essential guide to family/school partnerships

Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work. Packed with tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and an invaluable resource section, Beyond the Bake Sale reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between pa
eBook, English, 2007
New Press, New York, 2007
1 online resource (xiv, 338 pages)
9781595585547, 1595585540
Print version:
Why partnerships are important
Introduction: why bother to read this book?
What is a family-school partnership supposed to look like?
Getting started : building the relationship
Ready, set, go! how do you know if you're really open to partnership?
Developing relationships : how can you build trust instead of blaming each other?
Checklist : how family-friendly is your school?
Guidelines for action from research
Linking to learning : how will involving parents help your test scores?
Checklist : how closely is your school's parent involvement program linked to student learning?
Addressing differences : how can you relate to families who don't share the same culture and values?
Checklist : how well is your school bridging class and cultural differences?
Supporting advocacy : how can you transform pushy parents into partners you can work with?
Checklist : how well does your school support parents as advocates?
Sharing power : who's in charge here?
Checklist : how well is your school sharing power and practicing democracy?
Scaling up : why can't all schools create strong partnerships with families?
Checklist : how well does your district practice family and community engagement?
Resources and tools
Help! where can you find useful resources to build your partnership?
Chapter topics
Selected resources
Recommended reading from the San Diego Pals book club
Tools : where do we start?
Attitude check exercise
Code of conduct for your school
Conference checklist
District policy on family-school partnerships
elements to
Family involvement coordinator
sample job description
Family welcome questionnaire
Homework survey
Needs assessment survey
Parent review
Parent survey
School climate survey
School family involvement policy
Welcoming letter sample
Appendix 1: recommendations from the Boston task force report on family and community engagement