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Engage Every Family

Five Simple Principles

By: Steven Mark Constantino

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.


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

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