Based on five years of research, including feedback from hundreds of school leaders and case studies of elementary, middle, and high schools in rural, suburban, and urban U.S. cities, Building School-Community Partnerships: Collaboration for Student Success is a resource for teachers seeking to establish school-community partnerships to achieve goals for their schools, and the students, families, and communities they serve.
Within this essential guide, school leaders will find:
- essential research components for the busy administrator
- real-life examples illustrating elements of strong partnerships
- practical strategies based on what works from 10 model schools
- an annotated professional development workshop agenda, including handouts
- resources, including sample activities and letters
Administrators looking for examples of effective school-community partnerships will find this research-based resource full of inspiring, practical, and feasible ideas!
Mavis G. Sanders is assistant professor of education in the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), and senior advisor to the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of many articles on the effects of school, fam-ily, and community support on African American adolescents' school suc-cess, the impact of partnership programs on the quality of family and community involvement, and international research on partnerships. She is interested in how schools involve families that are traditionally hard to reach, how schools meet challenges for implementing excellent programs and practices, and how schools define "community" and develop mean-ingful school-family-community connections. Her most recent book is Schooling Students Placed at Risk: Research, Policy, and Practice in the Education of Poor and Minority Adolescents (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000). She earned her PhD in education from Stanford University.