'The Second Edition is full of advice, good examples, and information for leaders in primary and secondary schools-all based on research. This is an important resource for anyone trying to improve partnerships that support student achievement' - Wendy Harwin, School-Family-Community Partnerships Project Coordinator, Connecticut State Department of Education This research-based framework of six types of involvement guides state and district leaders, school principals, teachers, parents, and community partners to form Action Teams for Partnerships-dynamic groups that plan, implement, evaluate, and continually improve family and community involvement for student success.
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Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction 1. A Comprehensive Framework 2. Using the Framework in Practice: Stories From the Field 3. Taking an Action Team Approach 4. Conducting Workshops 5. Selecting Materials for Presentations and Workshops 6. Strengthening Partnership Programs in Middle and High Schools 7. Developing State and District Leadership for Partnerships 8. Implementing Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) 9. Planning and Evaluating Your Partnership Program 10. Networking for Best Results on Partnerships Index Ordering Information
Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn is a state and district facilitator of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. In this capacity, she assists state, district, and organization leaders in establishing school, family, and community partnership programs to support students' school success. She is an experienced speaker at conferences on partner ships. Previously, she served as the Network's middle and high school facilitator and devoted particular attention to urban schools. She has developed workshops, tools, and publications to help middle and high schools implement effective partnership activities that are linked to school improvement goals. She is coeditor of the annual collection, Promising Partnership Practices. She earned her MA in education from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Frances L. Van Voorhis is an associate research scientist at the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and TIPS Coordinator of the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of research articles on the Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) interactive homework process, including a study of the effects of TIPS science in the middle grades on family involvement and students' science skills. In addition, she conducts research on the progress in partnership program development of states, districts, and schools in the National Network. She designs materials to help members conduct work shops on TIPS Interactive Homework and on the National Network of Partnership Schools. She also develops and coordinates the Network's annual collection of new TIPS activities. She earned her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Florida. Joyce L. Epstein is director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools, principal research scientist in the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She has over 100 pub lications on the organization and effects of school, classroom, family, and peer environments, with many focused on school, family, and community connec tions. In 1995, she established the National Network of Partnership Schools to demonstrate the important intersections of research, policy, and practice for school improvement. She serves on numerous editorial boards and advisory panels on family involvement and school reform and is a recipient of the Academy for Educational Development's 1991 Alvin C. Eurich Education Award and the 1997 Working Mother's Magazine Parent Involvement in Education Award for her work on school, family, and community partnerships. Her most recent book, School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools (Westview Press, 2001), aims to add the topic of family and community involvement to courses for future teachers and admin istrators. She earned a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University. Karen Clark Salinas is a senior research assistant at the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University. As communications director of the National Network of Partnership Schools, she is editor of Type 2, the Network's newsletter, and coeditor of the annual collection Promising Partnership Practices. She also coordinates work shops and provides technical assistance to members by phone, email, and Web site. She is coauthor of the inventory Starting Points that helps schools identify their present practices of partnership; the Measure of School, Family, and Community Partnerships; and materials for the Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) process. She is also coproducer of the video National Network of Partnership Schools: Working Together for Student Success. She earned her MSW in social work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 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. Beth S. Simon is a social science research analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She conducts quantitative and qualitative research to improve the quality of services and communica tions for health care beneficiaries. Previously, she was an associate research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR) at Johns Hopkins University, where her research focused on family and community involvement in high schools and the effects of partnerships on high school student success. She also served as dissemination director of the National Network of Partnership Schools and as developer of the Network's Web site. She earned her PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.