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Building Parent Involvement Through the Arts
Activities and Projects That Enrich Classrooms and Schools



January 2007 | 168 pages | Corwin
'Professionals who want to build authentic parent and community involvement in their schools will find a champion in this book' - Wendy Caszatt-Allen, Teacher, Mid-Prairie Middle School, Kalona, IA

'An invaluable resource full of fun and relevant plans that are most assuredly teacher-, student-, and parent-friendly. The best I have read!' - Ilona Anderson, Principal, Flagstaff Middle School, AZ

Research has shown that parents play an enormous role in their children's school success. However, principals and teachers struggle to find ways to get parents more involved. Teacher and consultant Michael Sikes shows educators how to create an arts-rich school that enthusiastically welcomes families and community members, promotes diversity and multicultural appreciation, develops cognitive skills, and engages parents through a myriad of creative activities.

This exciting resource explores all types of creative art programs, including dance, theater, folk art, literature, visual arts, and music. An extensive toolkit, this book not only explores why but how to design and implement an arts program that brings families back to the classroom.

Ready-to-use features and strategies are packed into this practical guide:

· Sample lesson plans and worksheets, including materials lists, step-by-step instructions, and roles for parents and families

· Dozens of project and activity ideas tied to national standards

· Project assessments and evaluations

· "How to's" for finding community resources and funding

· Templates, forms, checklists, surveys, and much more

School administrators and teachers can use this essential guide for welcoming families into their schools and creating a friendly place where student work is celebrated and parent contributions are embraced and valued.

 
Foreword by Richard Deasy
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction: How the Arts Bring Parents Into Schools
 
2. The Arts, Parent Involvement, and Student Achievement: A Winning Equation
 
3. Developing a Visual Arts Program
 
4. Developing a Theater Program
 
5. Developing a Dance Program
 
6. Developing a Music Program
 
7. Developing a Literary Arts Program
 
8. Developing a Folk and Traditional Arts Program
 
9. Tapping Community Resources
 
10. Designing Spaces for Parent Involvement and Adult Education
 
11. Developing a Schoolwide Parent Involvement Plan
 
12. Evaluating Your Arts Program
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Professionals who want to build authentic parent and community involvement in their schools will find a champion in this book."

Wendy Caszatt-Allen, Teacher
Mid-Prairie Middle School, Kalona, IA

"An invaluable resource full of fun and relevant plans that are most assuredly teacher-, student-, and parent-friendly. The best I have read!"

Ilona Anderson, Principal
Flagstaff Middle School, AZ

"A comprehensive review of the importance of the arts in providing students with authentic, performance-based activities. Schools that utilize techniques from this book will benefit not only from an increase in parental involvement but also in student engagement and achievement. Beautifully written."

Marsha Greenfeld, Senior Program Facilitator
National Network of Partnership Schools

"Teachers seeking activities and projects to build classrooms and schools will find Building Parent Involvement Through the Arts an outstanding survey. An inspirational, hands-on program any elementary-level teacher or teacher's library will relish."

The Bookwatch, April 2007

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Preface

Introduction


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