All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck
Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities

  • Brad Currie - Black River Middle School (Chester School District, NJ)
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© 2015 | 72 pages | Corwin

Bring communities together for involvement that makes a difference!

Impact your students in a positive way and join the leagues of educators who are learning to engage with students, parents, and communities using social media and Web 2.0 technologies. Featuring practical strategies that you’ll want to put to use right away, plus a dedicated series website for additional resources, this short and easy-to-follow book will show you:

  • How smartphones and tablets can work for your goals
  • The secret to getting—and keeping—parents involved
  • How to inform, engage, and empower stakeholders
  • How tools like Skype can connect the community at large

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

“Currie harnesses the key element in today’s social media-infused school environment—‘Knowledge is Power!’ He illustrates just how we need to use this knowledge to support our schools, students, and communities.”

Daisy Dyer Duerr, Principal

St. Paul Public Schools

This book provides educators with a diversified look at the connections schools can make with technology. It will inspire all of us, on a global scale, to stay active in ways once thought unimaginable.”
Salome Thomas-EL, Award-winning principal and author

Preface by Peter DeWitt
1. The Importance of Parent and Community Engagement
2. Tools of the Trade
3. Tell Your Story
4. Parent Engagement
5. Community Engagement
6. What's Best for Kids
"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
Key features

This book sheds light on the many ways educators can engage with parents and community members to impact student learning inside the classroom. With so many Web 2.0, social media, and other online tools available, the community expects to know what is going. The author shares how it is possible not only to keep community members informed, but make sure they are involved in their students’ learning.


This book gives leaders:

  • Tools for telling your school’s story
  • Tools for connecting with parents and stakeholders
  • Examples of how to involve community members in students’ learning
  • Ideas of areas where you can start involving stakeholders

 There is also the Connected Educators Series website where readers can connect with all of the authors of the series, find more resources, and find real support for putting stakeholder engagement into practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Connected Educators Series Preface

Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781483371764

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