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Engage Every Family
Five Simple Principles

Foreword by Peter DeWitt



© 2016 | 256 pages | Corwin

Reach beyond theory and engage every family in student success

Family engagement increases student achievement but how do schools connect with families who don’t participate yet? Educators can easily become frustrated trying to reach the disconnected and often fall back to engaging the already engaged. How can you involve the entire school community in a positive way? 

Dr. Steve Constantino, known for his experience and sound teaching on family engagement, believes you can and promises far more than easy answers and theory to make it so. This book shows you how to bring real shifts to your culture through steps, reflections, and diligent effort. Simple logic models and best practice case studies will reveal: 

  • How and where family engagement breaks down, and
  • How to create a truly inviting culture for successful community and family partnerships

Introduce this field book as a springboard for professional development and watch family engagement strategies improve student outcomes in your school or district.

"Veteran teachers will note that the ideas and strategies come from someone who has been in the classroom and understands the different types of teachers that will be on any school staff. Strategies are presented in a manageable format and within reasonable time constraints. It is a practical fieldbook that will be easy for teachers to use."

Dana Leonard, Exceptional Children’s Teacher

Ledford High School, Thomasville, NC

 

“In my work with nearly 400 public school systems across the country, spanning a dozen years, I have witnessed and experienced a wide range of issues, hurdles and home run ideas on the subject of Family Engagement. In this book Steve brings them all - and I really mean all - together. He has woven a narrative that is at once funny and profound, anchored in research yet ready for practical implementation. Without family engagement, America's public schools risk obsolescence and without our public schools, our democracy will lose the foundation upon which it stands. Steve's book will inspire every educator and then arm them with step by step directions to re-vitalize our schools.”
Suhail Farooqui, CEO of K-12 Insight

 

 
Foreword by Peter DeWitt
 
Preface
 
Publisher's Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Activity: Think Before You Read!
 
Chapter 1: Would Every Family Choose You?
 
Chapter 2: A Quick Note About Motivating Teachers
 
Chapter 3: Understanding Disengagement
 
Chapter 4: The Five Simple Principles Explained
 
Chapter 5: Principle #1: A Culture That Engages Every Family
 
Chapter 6: Principle #2: Communicate Effectively and Build Relationships
 
Chapter 7: Principle #3: Empower Every Family
 
Chapter 8: Principle #4: Engage Every Family in Decision Making
 
Chapter 9: Principle #5: Engage the Greater Community
 
Chapter 10: Taking Action and Measuring Success
 
Epilogue: Exceeding Expectations
 
References
 
Index

"Engaging Every Family provides a framework for educators to build capacity in understanding where the children they serve come from.  It lays out the principles for a successful plan to build upon the family relationships that will result in success for each student."

Tanna Nicely, Principal
South Knoxville Elementary School, Knoxville, TN

"Veteran teachers will note that the ideas and strategies come from someone who has been in the classroom and understands the different types of teachers that will be on any school staff. Strategies are presented in a manageable format and within reasonable time constraints. It is a practical fieldbook that will be easy for teachers to use."

Dana Leonard, Exceptional Children’s Teacher
Ledford High School, Thomasville, NC

"There is no measure equal to that which can be achieved when the school, parents, and community work in concert to meet the needs of the students in the school setting, thereby enabling students to become the productive citizens we all wish them to be thus producing the success that propels them towards achieving their desired goals . . . This easy read offers school districts a method to improve achievement. It is a win-win for school districts if they will just put in the effort to establish the parent and community relationships. A no-brainer!"

Pamela L. Opel, Teacher, Intervention Specialist
Gulfport School District, Gulfport, MS

"This book empowers educators to apply action research to the challenge of involving parents in the improvement of student success."

Dr. Cathern Wildey, Adjunct Professor
BrainSMART Program, Nova Southeastern University, North Miami Beach, FL

"I love the activities, the section about data, and the step-by-step approach. It is all very practical. I love the systematic approach and that the reader really has to reflect on their school practice . . . I can envision using this in my professional book club readings with my staff and in my parent workshops."

Margie Smagacz, K-8 Principal
Franklin Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL

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