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Empowering Family-Teacher Partnerships
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781412992329
- Published By: SAGE Publications Inc
- Year: 2012
- Page Count: 416
- Publication date: March 01, 2012
Building community and empowering partnerships
Empowering Family-Teacher Partnerships: Building Connections Within Diverse Communities prepares students to work collaboratively with families and community professionals in support of children's early and middle childhood education and development. Students are invited to develop a personal philosophy of family involvement to guide their work with families and to join a community of learners in relying upon their collective insights and problem-solving skills to address family involvement challenges.
- Each chapter begins with a highlight of family-school-community professional standards, which reminds students of their professional responsibilities for working with families and community professionals.
- Chapter 2 includes the standards for three professional organizations: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
- Guides for developing a philosophy of family involvement in Chapter 2 help students meet the expectation of potential employers to provide an explanation of their own philosophy of working with families and community professionals.
- Three organizing models are presented in Chapter 14 to help students organize and manage a cohesive family involvement program.
- Reflections are embedded within each chapter and facilitate students' self-awareness and self-examination.
- Capstone Activities at the end of each chapter focus on students' application of family involvement principles, concepts, and strategies.
- Internet resources include guides for developing a family involvement portfolio, which students can use to document their skills in planning for and working with families and community professionals. Other Internet resources, along with video clips, serve to expand upon the information found in the book and facilitate class discussions.
Visit www.sagepub.com/coleman to access valuable instructor and student ancillaries:
- The password-protected Instructor Teaching Site includes a test bank, PowerPoint slides, SAGE journal articles, video resources, and more.
- The open-access Student Study Site includes eFlashcards, web quizzes, learning objectives, Family Involvement Portfolio guides, SAGE journal articles, video resources, and more.
Table of Contents
Section I: Foundations of Family Involvement
Chapter 1: Contemporary Family Lives and Early Childhood Learning Environments
Chapter 2: Developing a Guiding Philosophy of Family Involvement
Chapter 3: Benefits of Family Involvement for Children
Chapter 4: Benefits of Family Involvement for Families and Teachers
Section II: Understanding Family Lives in Contemporary Society
Chapter 5: Normed Families: Single-Parent Families, Stepfamilies, and Grandparents as Caregivers
Chapter 6: Emerging and Vulnerable Families: Gay and Lesbian Families and Families Living in Poverty
Chapter 7: Families of Children With Disabilities
Chapter 8: Immigrant Families and Families From Nondominant Cultures: Understanding the Adaptation Process
Chapter 9: Adopting a Culturally Responsive Approach to Family Involvement
Section III: Planning for and Facilitating Family Involvement
Chapter 10: Responding to the Challenges of Family Involvement
Chapter 11: Empowering Families Through Family Involvement
Chapter 12: Creating a Welcoming Environment for Families
Chapter 13: Communicating With Families
Chapter 14: Organizing Your Family Involvement Program
Section IV: Promoting the Well-Being of All Children
Chapter 15: Protecting Children's Health and Safety
Appendix: Position Statement: NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
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"I am very likely to adopt this book for a course. Its informational, clear, pedagogical features are many and relevant to what students need to know."Alice E. Moss
Depaul University-Chicago Loop