In it Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms

In it Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms

By: Michael A. Silverstone (author), Debbie Zacarian (author)Paperback

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This book provides a comprehensive approach for building coalitions of support around student learning and engagement through interconnected classroom community-building efforts that involve teachers: * building strong relationships with students; * intentionally supporting students to build powerful relationships with their peers; * fostering strong reciprocal relationships with families, and; * building relationships with the school and community at large * empowering and creating purposeful intentional spaces for students/families/school community/community at large to build powerful relationships with each other.

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Debbie Zacarian is known for her work in advancing student engagement and achievement. Her explanations of current research into practical instructional, leadership, family-school engagement, and strength-based teacher evaluation systems are widely practiced. An expert in policies and practices, Dr. Zacarian provides professional development, strategic planning and policy work with school districts and state agencies. She served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center and Federation for Children with Special Needs. For over a decade, Dr. Zacarian served on the faculty of University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She was also the founding director of the Center for English Language Education and Academic Achievement at the Collaborative for Educational Services where she led and provided professional development for thousands of educators and wrote policies for many urban, suburban and rural districts. She was also the founding director of the Amherst Public Schools bilingual and English learner programming where she and the district received many local, state and national honors. Her professional books include: * In It Together: How student, family and community partnerships advance engagement and achievement in diverse classrooms (with Michael Silverstone) * Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement * Transforming Schools for English learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders * The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners (with Judie Haynes) * Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas (with Judie Haynes) In addition, CorwinTeachALL, a planning, observation, and evaluation mobile app tool for teachers, coaches, and supervisors was created in partnership with Dr. Zacarian. Bring Debbie Zacarian to you! Debbie is available for workshops, keynotes, and consulting services. Click to learn more about her workshops: Unleashing the Power of Academic Language Transforming Practice Using Research-Based Data Tools Transformational Leadership and Supervision Practices for Educators of English Learners Supporting Success for Beginning English Language Learners For a recording of Debbie Zacarian's webinar, Unleashing the Power of Academic Language, please click here: Michael Silverstone has been a full-time elementary teacher in Massachusetts since 1998. With Debbie Zacarian, he co-authored the Grade 2 chapter in Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Promoting Content and Language Learning, Mathematics, Grades K-2 (Corwin). His essay recounting his discovery of the vital importance of maintaining professional autonomy while fostering relationships with students, families and colleagues-in spite of all the pressures to standardize classroom practice-is the closing teacher-essay in the anthology Why We Teach Now, edited by Sonia Nieto (Teacher's College Press). Silverstone is also the author of a number of Young Adult non-fiction books including Rigoberta Menchu: Defending Human Rights in Guatemala and Winona LaDuke: Restoring Land and Culture in Native America (The Feminist Press at the City University of NY). He is a Teacher Consultant with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project of the National Writing Project.


1. What It Means to Be "In It Together" in Education 2. An Involved Classroom Community 3. Infusing the Assets of Students and Families Into Classroom Learning 4. Preparing for Classroom Community 5. The Academic Learning Benefits of Being "In It Together" 6. Using Classroom Events to Empower Students and Families 7. Widening the Circle Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning 8. Using Learning Partnerships in Professional Development: Applying the Ideas Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 14/04/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781483316772
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781483316772
  • weight: 363
  • ISBN10: 1483316777

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