Many Americans worry about what they see as a growing gulf between the American public and its public schools. Troubling trends seem to indicate a fraying relationship among families, schools, and communities. Education reform has become the topic of many conversations as well as books and articles. There is widespread agreement that schools and education curricula need to be fixed, but there is no agreement on how this can be accomplished. Educators across the nation are implementing ideas and strategies that are making a difference in children's lives and in the health and well being of our communities. Structured in ten chapters, this book will help educators weave some of the best ideas for creating and sustaining family and community engagement into a comprehensive home-school-community partnership program tailored to their own communities. Website references and URLs for additional exploration are included. For educational leaders, teachers, and family and community advocates interested in creating and maintaining home-school-community partnerships and collaborative initiatives.
Larry E. Decker is the Charles Stewart Mott Professor and Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Virginia A. Decker is managing editor and senior consultant of Community Collaborators in Boca Raton, Florida.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 Family and Community Partnerships: Principles and Strategies Chapter 3 2 Understanding the Community and the Status of Families and Youth Chapter 4 3 The Essential Role of Communication Chapter 5 4 Home and School as Partners Chapter 6 5 School-Community Collaboration Chapter 7 6 School Public Relations: Bridging the Gap Chapter 8 7 Dealing with Political Realities Chapter 9 8 School Safety and Crisis Management Chapter 10 9 Planning and Evaluating a Comprehensive Home, School, and Community Partnership Plan Chapter 11 Appendix A. Association and Organization Contact Information Chapter 12 Appendix B. Websites by Major Focus or Content Area Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Authors