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Reaching Out
A K-8 Resource for Connecting Families and Schools

Foreword by Roland G. Tharp



July 2002 | 144 pages | Corwin

"The timing for Reaching Out could not have been better. Just when educators are beginning to realize that teachers need training in how to work with parents, Kyle, McIntyre, Miller, and Moore bring us a book that is a welcome breath of fresh air."
—Patricia A. Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy
Michigan State University

"Reaching Out describes a great variety of ways to respectfully and productively engage families in helping their children learn and grow. Throughout the text the reader is reminded that parents are experts about their children and that trusting relationships are built on respectful, two-way communications. The authors also remind us that the goal of family involvement is not parent participation at school events and activities but improved student achievement."
—Steve McCafferty, Principal
Mildred Dean School, Newport, KY

Involve families in the education process and enhance your students' learning experience!

Too often, today's student feels alienated from school, and learning suffers as a result. Developing a relationship with the family can provide the missing link in the educational chain. Reaching Out is an invaluable resource for compassionate educators interested in building strong relationships with their students' families.

A dynamic team of teachers and teacher educators have combined their first-hand experience and in-depth research in this essential guidebook. By involving the entire family in the educational experience, teachers can bridge the gap separating home and school and help produce happier, healthier, and smarter kids.

Highlights include:

  • Building trust with families
  • Communicating in positive ways with students' families
  • Implementing family workshops
  • Involving families through innovative homework ideas

Based on a five-year study, the information will be particularly helpful for teachers whose classrooms reflect a diverse student population. By incorporating these concepts and techniques, you not only enhance the learning experience you also help your students to be more compassionate and excited about school.


Roland G. Tharp
Foreword
 
Preface
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Authors
 
1. Connecting With Families
 
2. Building Trusting Relationships
 
3. Strategies for Enhancing Communication
 
4. Building Effective Partnerships Through Family Workshops
 
5. Reaching Out Through Family Visits
 
6. Modifying Instructional Practices to Increase Family Involvement
 
7. Involving Families in Homework
 
Conclusion
 
Resource A: Books of Interest to Elementary Students and Their Families
 
Resource B: Books of Interest to Middle School Students and Their Families
 
References
 
Index

"In today’s era of accountability, it is refreshing to find a book that helps teachers think beyond teaching to the tests to focus instead on children and families and ways to create opportunities for successful learning."

Dorene Ross, Professor
School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, Gainesville

"The timing for Reaching Out could not have been better. Just when educators are beginning to realize that teachers need training in how to work with parents, the authors bring us a book that is a welcome breath of fresh air."

Patricia A. Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy
Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

"Reaching Out describes a great variety of ways to respectfully and productively engage families in helping their children learn and grow. Throughout the text the reader is reminded that parents are experts about their children and that trusting relationships are built on respectful, two-way communications. The authors also remind us that the goal of family involvement is not parent participation at school events and activities but improved student achievement.”

Steve McCafferty, Principal
Mildred Dean School. Newport, KY
Key features
  • User-friendly resource full of practical activities and ideas
  • Written by teachers for teachers
  • Ideas have been field tested
  • "Tips for Administrators" sidebars will add appeal for principals 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Roland G. Tharp

Preface


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