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Engage Every Family

Five Simple Principles
Second Edition (Revised Edition)
By: Steven Mark Constantino

Foreword by Kirsten Baesler
A Joint Publication With Learning Forward

Dive into the how to’s of establishing family empowerment through building trust, and reflect on implicit bias, equitable learning outcomes, and the role family engagement plays.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071803714
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 280
  • Publication date: September 16, 2020

Price: $39.95

Price: $39.95
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New and Improved - Revisit Five Simple Principles and Engage With Every Family

Why haven’t we been more successful in engaging every family in the educational lives of their children? Why do we still struggle with the notion of engaging every family as a conduit to improved student learning?

This book outlines a pathway and process to engage every family, including those families that have been traditionally disengaged or disenfranchised. Updates to this second edition include updated research to ensure a firmer foundation for each of its five simple principles as well as:

- Reflections about implicit bias, equitable learning outcomes, and the role family engagement plays
- A deeper dive into the idea of family efficacy, or empowering families to work alongside teachers for improved learning
- A nuanced switch from building to developing relationships, and how trust is at the core of that subtle difference

Join Dr. Steve Constantino as he shares what he has learned and how he has improved the Five Simple Principles for family engagement and its powerful effects upon student achievement.



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Steven Mark Constantino

For over twenty-five years, Dr. Steve Constantino has captivated thousands of teachers, administrators, school board members, and businesspeople from the United States and around the world. His keynote presentations and workshops have been featured in local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. Working as a high school principal in 1995, he stumbled across research about the effects of family engagement on student learning and was immediately convinced that this was the missing ingredient in helping all children learn.

Steve’s work quickly gained national prominence, and soon he began traveling the United States, speaking, and working with all types of educators, school board members, and businesses to promote sound practices in family engagement that result in increased academic achievement for all students. His natural gifts as a motivating orator, coupled with his knowledge and practical experience, make him one of the most sought-after speakers in the field of family engagement.

Steve began his career as an instrumental music teacher and later became an assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent, and district superintendent. Steve is the former chief academic officer and acting superintendent of public instruction for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Steve is an executive professor at the William & Mary School of Education where he teachers in the Education Policy, Planning and Leadership department and continues to travel the globe helping schools, districts, and organizations to engage every family.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Publisher’s Acknowledgments

About the Author

Chapter 1: Would Every Family Choose You?

Customers Make Paydays Possible

Every Opportunity Is a Marketing Opportunity

Some Ideas to Get Started

Reality, Perceptions, and Beliefs

Finally, the Secret to Success!

The Importance of Caring

The Importance of Process

The Need for Leadership

Chapter 2: A Quick Note About Motivating Teachers

Three Kinds of Teachers: A Slightly Humorous Look

Can I Get a Copy of That?

My Dumb Idea

Chapter 3: Equity, Bias, and Family Disengagement

Isn’t Forever Long Enough?

What Is Equity?

Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

Implicit Bias

Why Do Families Disengage?

The Cycle of Disengagement

Why Some Families Stay Away From Schools

The Very Few

Case Study: Ernest B.

Chapter 4: Engaging Every Family in Middle and High School

Why Do Families Disengage From Secondary Schools?

Academic Socialization and Home-Based Engagement

Designing Family Engagement at the Secondary School Level

Chapter 5: An Introduction to the Five Simple Principles

Where to Start

Introducing the Five Simple Principles

The Logic Model

The Five Simple Principles Further Defined

Chapter 6: Principle #1: A Culture that Engages Every Family

Culture Drives Everything

Cultures and Subcultures

Cultural Challenges

Breaking the Cycle

School Culture Defined

School District Inconsistency with Families

Start With Policy

Culture Case Study: The Science Project

Creating a Culture to Engage Every Family

Chapter 7: Principle #2: Communicate Effectively and Develop Relationships

It’s the Little Things

Case Study: I Know What They Think of Me

Understanding the Importance of Relationships

With Families

Working With the “Hard to Reach”

Home Visits

Working With Families With Limited English Proficiency

Engaging With Families of Children With Special Needs

Case Study: Jonathan and the Self-Contained English Class

The Role of Fear and Trust in Relationships With Families

Case Studies: What Could Have Been Done Differently?

Ideas to Promote Trusting Relationships Between Schools and Every Family

The Welcoming Environment of Schools

Customer Service

Welcoming Every Family

Issues and Solutions in Communicating With Families

Connecting Communication and Relationships With Technology

Communicate Effectively and Build Relationships

Chapter 8: Principle #3: Build Family Efficacy

What Is Efficacy?

The Weekly Folder

Creating the Transparent School

Case Study: Class Isn’t the Same Without You

Family–Student–Teacher Conferences

Do We Need to Interact With Every Family?

What Motivates Families?

Interactive Homework Design: Invisible Engagement

Sharing Data With Families

Case Study: Trying to Talk to the Math Teacher

Case Study: Teaching Responsibility?

A Critical Component of Inviting Family Participation

Building Successful Relationships That Promote Family Efficacy

Chapter 9: Principle #4: Engage Every Family In Decision Making

Problems and Solutions

Where We Are Today

Let Every Family Have a Say

A Working Definition

How to Select Families

Getting Back to the Tip of the Spear

Case Study: The Uniform Policy

Chapter 10: Principle #5: Engage The Greater Community

The Power of Community

Social Capital and Modern School–Community Partnerships

Community Schools and Asset Mapping

The Advantages of Community Schools

The Start of an Asset Map

The Idea of Collective Impact

How Community Connections Can Help

The Necessary Ingredients for Successful Community Engagement

The Benefits of Engaging the Community

Additional Benefits of School–Community Partnerships

Designing Community Engagement

Chapter 11: Taking Action And Measuring Success

Start with Data

Goal Statements

Now It’s Your Turn

Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles

Epilogue: Exceeding Expectations

Two Huge Questions



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