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Four Pillars of Parental Engagement

Author : Justin Robbins
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In this groundbreaking book, Justin Robbins and Karen Dempster offer a unique approach to the holy grail of parental engagement for the 21st century. Rather than setting it as a separate activity, they consider parental engagement as a planned, sustained and integral part of the whole-school approach: an approach which starts with the school vision and positions parents and schools equally as fundamental to student learning. The authors describe the challenges of successful parental engagement encompassing both traditional approaches and the use of technology and examine these challenges through their four pillars model of knowledge, environment, culture and communication. They recognise that before any school can expect parental engagement as a 'given', there must be knowledge of the what, why, when, where and how concerning effective interaction and in this book they cover all bases, providing a toolkit of tried-and-tested approaches and strategies to choose from. After all, the evidence shows that when families engage with the school's vision and provision, it is the children that ultimately benefit.

The Four Pillars of Parental Engagement

Author : Justin Robbins
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Shares practical solutions relating to school-parent engagement and communication based on insights gathered from some of the hardest-to-reach parents.

Leadership and Literacy

Author : Neil Dempster
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This book focuses on what school leaders need to know and understand about leadership for learning, and for learning to read in particular. It brings together theory, research and practice on leadership for literacy. The book reports on the findings from six studies that followed school principals from their involvement in a professional learning program consisting of five modules on leadership and the teaching of reading, to implementation action in their schools. It describes how they applied a range of strategies to create leadership partnerships with their teachers, pursuing eight related dimensions from a Leadership for Learning framework or blueprint. The early chapters of the book feature the use of practical tools as a focus for leadership activity. These chapters consider, for example, how principals and teachers can develop deeper understandings of their schools’ contexts; how professional discussions can be conducted with a process called ‘disciplined dialogue’; and how principals might encourage approaches to shared leadership with their teachers. The overall findings presented in this book emphasise five positive positions on leadership for learning to read: the importance of an agreed moral purpose; sharing leadership for improvement; understanding what learning to read involves; implementing and evaluating reading interventions; and recognising the need for support for leaders’ learning on-the-job.

Principal Leadership for Parent Engagement in Disadvantaged Schools

Author : Linda-Dianne Willis
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This book presents and theorises research findings into why and how school principals play a critical role in engaging parents and their school communities to enhance student learning and wellbeing. It highlights the imperative of parent engagement as evidenced by clear, consistent findings from research over the last fifty years and government reforms, policies and frameworks internationally and nationally in Australia which have been driven by the weight of this evidence. It focuses on a research project conducted from 2016 to 2017, titled 'Principal leadership for parent-school-community engagement in disadvantaged schools'. This project investigated four principals identified as successful in parent engagement based on findings of state-wide survey research of principals and presidents of parents and citizens’ associations in 2014 in Queensland, Australia. This book offers theoretical and empirical evidence based on literature for the qualities successful principals in parent engagement exhibit, and the strategies they take to achieve parent and community engagement. It shows how the concept of agency as achievement can be used by educators and public policy makers to enable school leaders and teachers to adopt qualities and strategies that will engage parents in their child’s learning and wellbeing, so that improved outcomes for their child and schools can result.

Parent Engagement

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Since the release of the "Coleman Report" in 1966 there has been increased belief in the value of community and family partnerships with schools and a steady flow of research evidence on the benefits of parent engagement for learning outcomes. An important aspect of this work is an exploration of how parent engagement works. Evidence suggests that the activities performed by parents and schools combine in complex ways and are affected by the strength of the relationship partnership between family and school. Furthermore, the greater the consistency and continuity in support for learning that the child experiences between the parent and the school the greater the likelihood that student achievement will be improved. The first two sections of the paper investigate the fundamental questions of "what is parent engagement" and "why does parent engagement matter". Based on the evidence to these questions the next two sections look at what parents and schools can do to promote and practice parent engagement at each developmental stage of the child's learning journey. Beyond the impact of home and school there is the importance of program and policy responses to parent engagement requirements. Policy levers are an important way to legitimise and regulate parent engagement so that it has a positive effect on student outcomes. The final section of the paper considers the strategic connection of parent engagement within the Government's four pillars approach to education and the importance of making sure that the pillars support each other as well as their own areas of influence. [Executive summary, ed]

School Social Work

Author : Michael S. Kelly
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"The 9th edition of School Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research marks the further development of school social work as a social work specialization, as well as this venerable textbook itself. American school social work is well into its second century now, and despite ever-present concerns about limited resources, budgets, and school social worker: student ratios, school social work continues to grow, both in the U.S. and internationally. Throughout the U.S. and globally, school social work is becoming increasingly essential to the educational process as families and communities strive to make schools safe and inclusive places for children to learn, to grow, and to flourish. This 9th edition strives to reflect how school social work practice in the third decade of the 21st century effectively impacts academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for youth and the school communities they serve"--

The Power of Voice in Schools

Author : Russ Quaglia
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This book synthesizes the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of thousands of students and stakeholders and offers a vision for schools where everyone's voice matters.

The Early Advantage

Author : Sharon Lynn Kagan
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"The Early Advantage 2--Building Systems That Work for Young Children: International Insights from Innovative Early Childhood Systems is a timely and modern resource for policy makers and practitioners that conceptualizes ECEC as a manifestation of country values and social science, while seeking to understand it broadly, scientifically, and systemically"--

Community Schools

Author : JoAnne Ferrara
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Ferrara, Jacobson, and their colleagues illuminate how community schools become a comprehensive, place-based strategy that both supports high-quality teaching and learning and addresses out-of-school barriers to success.

Leadership in Diverse Learning Contexts

Author : Greer Johnson
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This book presents the outcomes of research and practical endeavour in some of the diverse contexts in which learning takes place: classrooms, schools, professional development settings, community projects and service sector agencies. It invites the reader to engage with two related questions of contemporary concern in the leadership field: "What can we learn about the important influence of different contexts on leadership practice and how are people brought together as collective human agents in different patterns of distributive leadership?" In doing so, this collection emphasises three of the critical concepts at play when leadership is viewed, not as position, but as activity. The three concepts are purpose, context and human agency. When this view of leadership is understood, it is always about achieving shared goals with people power, no matter the circumstances in which they are gathered together.

Reviewing the Success of Full Service Community Schools in the US

Author : Mavis G. Sanders
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Originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, this expanded text provides new insights into the successful, sustained implementation of Full-Service Community Schools (FSCSs) in the United States. Reviewing the Success of Full-Service Community Schools in the US documents the experiences of students, teachers, and communities involved in the establishment and growth of FSCSs. By considering how successful this reform strategy has been in meeting the needs of underserved communities, the text illustrates the potential these schools have to transform students’ learning and outcomes. In particular, the studies illustrate the value these schools have in supporting low-income students and students of color. At the same time, by interrogating the defining pillars of FSCSs – expanded learning opportunities, integrated services, family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership – chapters identify challenges that if left unattended, could limit the transformative potential of this reform strategy. This groundbreaking text will be of great interest to graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, academics, professionals, and policy makers in the fields of Educational Change and School Reform, Multicultural Education, Sociology of Education, Education Policy, and School Management and Administration.

Challenges Associated with Cross Cultural and At Risk Student Engagement

Author : Gordon, Richard K.
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Creating a meaningful and interactive learning environment is a complex task for any educator. However, once this is accomplished, students have the chance to receive enhanced opportunities for knowledge development and retention. Challenges Associated with Cross-Cultural and At-Risk Student Engagement provides a comprehensive examination on emerging strategies for optimizing instructional environments in modern school systems and emphasizes the role that intercultural education plays in this endeavor. Highlighting research perspectives across numerous topics, such as curriculum design, student-teacher interaction, and critical pedagogies, this book is an ideal reference source for professionals, academics, educators, school administrators, and practitioners interested in academic success in high stakes assessment environments.

Emerging Perspectives on Community Schools and the Engaged University

Author : Kronick, Robert F.
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University involvement within their communities and the promotion of engaged scholarship is essential for the success of the learning institution as well as for providing students with opportunities to interact with various leadership roles and hands-on interactions with the communities themselves. Community schools employ strategic partnerships to expand the boundaries of school improvements and to increase the direct benefits gained by the community. Emerging Perspectives on Community Schools and the Engaged University is an essential research publication that explores the importance of civic engagement in various school settings, but especially in higher education settings. Featuring a wide range of topics such as service learning, charter schools, and democracy, this book is ideal for community organizers, superintendents, directors, provosts, chancellors, education practitioners, academicians, administrators, researchers, and education policymakers.

Family Engagement in the Digital Age

Author : Chip Donohue
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Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors explores how technology can empower and engage parents, caregivers and families, and the emerging role of media mentors who guide young children and their families in the 21st century. This thought-provoking guide to innovative approaches to family engagement includes Spotlight on Engagement case studies, success stories, best practices, helpful hints for media mentors, and "learn more" resources woven into each chapter to connect the dots between child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, family engagement, media mentorship and digital age technology. In addition, the book is driven by a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media. Please visit the Companion Website at

The Math Teacher s Toolbox

Author : Bobson Wong
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Math teachers will find the classroom-tested lessons and strategies in this book to be accessible and easily implemented in the classroom The Teacher’s Toolbox series is an innovative, research-based resource providing teachers with instructional strategies for students of all levels and abilities. Each book in the collection focuses on a specific content area. Clear, concise guidance enables teachers to quickly integrate low-prep, high-value lessons and strategies in their middle school and high school classrooms. Every strategy follows a practical, how-to format established by the series editors. The Math Teacher's Toolbox contains hundreds of student-friendly classroom lessons and teaching strategies. Clear and concise chapters, fully aligned to Common Core math standards, cover the underlying research, required technology, practical classroom use, and modification of each high-value lesson and strategy. This book employs a hands-on approach to help educators quickly learn and apply proven methods and techniques in their mathematics courses. Topics range from the planning of units, lessons, tests, and homework to conducting formative assessments, differentiating instruction, motivating students, dealing with “math anxiety,” and culturally responsive teaching. Easy-to-read content shows how and why math should be taught as a language and how to make connections across mathematical units. Designed to reduce instructor preparation time and increase student engagement and comprehension, this book: Explains the usefulness, application, and potential drawbacks of each instructional strategy Provides fresh activities for all classrooms Helps math teachers work with ELLs, advanced students, and students with learning differences Offers real-world guidance for working with parents, guardians, and co-teachers The Math Teacher's Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical ideas to Support Your Students is an invaluable source of real-world lessons, strategies, and techniques for general education teachers and math specialists, as well as resource specialists/special education teachers, elementary and secondary educators, and teacher educators.

Four Pillars of Destiny

Author : Jerry King
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Why do we attract the same types of people over and over again? Why is it so easy for certain people to find love, and so difficult for others? The Four Pillars of Destiny: A Guide to Relationships answers the age-old questions surrounding relationships, attractions, and true love. By referencing the year, month, day, and hour of a person’s birth, the ancient Chinese method of Four Pillars will systematically map the blueprint for his or her life in matters of health, wealth, career, love, and happiness. For countless generations, the Chinese have been drawn to the Four Pillars system for its accurate method of divination. This system has allowed practitioners the ability to analyze many aspects of a person’s life and enlightened the path to capitalizing their cosmic flow when good luck happens. The destiny blueprint each of us receives at birth can be used to reveal options and paths that we can act upon during good and bad times in life. Using this blueprint, we can evaluate where our limits lie and understand what we truly are capable of achieving, as well as the type of connections that we can make with those around us.

Young Adolescent Engagement in Learning

Author : Jeanne Allen
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Student engagement is fundamental to learning, yet it also constitutes a major and long-standing challenge to educators around the world. This book provides an evidence-based theorisation of features associated with schooling engagement, along with targeted strategies that underpin a continuum of pedagogical, curricular and social support during the years of young adolescent schooling. Anchored by the Young Adolescent Engagement in Learning Model, a multi-layered model which incorporates a continuum of behavioural, emotional and cognitive dimensions of engagement, the authors provide a framework to help support the engagement of young adolescents. Seamlessly integrating theory and practice, this book explores the importance of avoiding educational disengagement, particularly from those who are most vulnerable due to a range of personal factors. This volume will be of interest and value to students and scholars of educational young adolescent engagement and retention, as well as those working with young people.

Liberty to the Captives

Author : Raymond Rivera
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Liberty to the Captives is a book for any Christians who want to learn how to bring hope and redemption to their communities — for those who are ready to step beyond their comfort zone, leave the status quo behind, and take up Christ's call to minister within a world crying out for the freedom only God can bring. Longtime pastor Raymond Rivera's testimony of a life completely turned around — from gang member to RCA pastor — underscores his powerful message. Full of practical advice about how holistic community-based ministry can bring transformation, healing, and liberation from captivity, Liberty to the Captives encourages Christians to respond to God's call by ministering wherever God has placed them. Based on over forty-five years of pastoring inner-city churches, Rivera's inspiring vision challenges all Christians to think again about how their faith should lead to social action and defense of society's most vulnerable people.

School Linked Services

Author : Laura R. Bronstein
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The evidence-based strategies in this volume close the achievement gap among students from all sociological backgrounds. Designed according to local needs assessments, they provide the services, programs, initiatives, and relationships that are crucial for children's success in school and life. These practices and programs include afterschool and summer sessions, early-childhood education, school-linked health and mental health services, family engagement, and youth leadership opportunities. This book addresses the policy and funding requirements that help these partnerships thrive and offers effective counterarguments against those who would question their value. The text describes strategies that work in both rural and urban contexts and includes a chapter evaluating school-community partnerships across the world. Because it involves collaborations across professions and organizations, the book's interdisciplinary approach will appeal to those in social work, education, psychology, public health, counseling, nursing, and public policy.

Understanding Neoliberal Rule in K 12 Schools

Author : Mark Abendroth
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The word fundamentalism usually conjures up images of religions and their most zealous followers. Much less often the word appears in connection with political economy. The phrase “free market” gives the connotation that capitalism is freedom. Neoliberalism is the rise of global free-market fundamentalism. It reaches into nearly every aspect of our daily lives as it seeks to dominate and eliminate the last vestiges of public domains through wanton privatization and deregulation. It degrades all that is public. The good news is that a global community of resistance continues to struggle against neoliberal oppression. Formal and informal education entities contribute to these struggles, offering visions and strategies for creating a better future. The purpose of this volume is twofold. Several contributors will highlight how the neoliberal agenda is impacting educational policy formation, teaching and learning, and relationships between K-12 schools and communities. Other contributors will highlight how the global community has gradually become conscious of the ideological doctrine and how it is responsible for human suffering and misery. The volume is needed because the growing body of educational research linked to exploring the impact of neoliberalism on schools and society fails to provide conceptual or historical understanding of this ideology. It is also an important scholarly intervention because it provides insights as to why educators, scholars, and other global citizens have challenged the intrusion of market forces over life inside K-12 schools. Teacher educators, schoolteachers, and anyone who yearns to understand what is behind the debilitating trend of commercial forces subverting humanizing educational projects would benefit from this volume. Activists, educators, youth, and scholars who seek strategies and visions for building democratic schools and a society would consider this volume essential reading.