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Equity Partnerships
A Culturally Proficient Guide to Family, School, and Community Engagement

Foreword by Trudy T. Arriaga



176 pages | Corwin

How often do you hear, “The only parents who showed were the parents who didn’t need to be here.”

But how often do you consider time of day, lack of child care, cost of dinner, transportation, lan­guage of the presentation, even relevance of the topic—all real-world barriers for families of our historically underserved students.

Here at last is a resource that will open up access and reveal all-new ways to forge more culturally inclusive partnerships with families and communities . . .  partnerships that extend well beyond parent-teacher conferences, PTA meetings, and the occasional bake sale.

The two big services Equity Partnerships provides? Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency, you’ll

  1. Discover new concepts and strategies to engage families and communities—and reduce, if not eliminate, barriers--through four essential principles: communication, connection, collaboration, and community
  2. Engage in frequent opportunities to reflect on your own assumptions and values, then collaborate with colleagues to co-create systemic practices and policies for devising, implementing, and assessing family and community engagement actions in your schools and districts

We know inherently that family and community engagement is critical to the success of our stu­dents. Let Equity Partnerships be your go-to tool for breaking down the walls that for too long have limited all of us.

“Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility and privilege. These authors have been first responders for decades by pro­moting Cultural Proficiency as a means to ensure equity and access for all. In Equity Partnerships, they identify the powerful and critical link of family, school, and community engage­ment to strengthen families, build community support, and increase student success.” 

--TRUDY ARRIAGA, Associate Dean for Equity and Outreach, California Lutheran University, and Coauthor of Opening Doors






 
FOREWORD BY TRUDY T. ARRIAGA
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
Introduction
 
PART I. THE BASICS OF CULTURAL PROFICIENCY AND ENGAGEMENT
 
CHAPTER 1. The Cultural Proficiency Framework: Tools for Family, School, and Community Engagement
Overcoming the Barriers to Cultural Proficiency  
The Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency  
The Cultural Proficiency Continuum  
The Essential Elements of Cultural Proficiency  
The Family, School, and Community Engagement Rubric  
Going Deeper Reflection  
Going Deeper Dialogic Questions  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 2  
 
CHAPTER 2. The Why of Engagement
Changing Times and Terminology  
Informed by Related Studies: From Strain to Inclusion  
What Parents Want to Know and What Parents Want Educators to Know  
Benefits of Partnering for All  
Family and Community Engagement and Link to Student Achievement  
Culturally Proficient Leadership and Engagement  
A Moral Imperative and Shared Responsibility for Creating Culturally Proficient Engagement  
Our Why  
Going Deeper Reflection  
Going Deeper Dialogic Questions  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 3  
 
CHAPTER 3. The Moral Imperative for Partnerships: Historical, Legal, and Educational Policy Contexts
Family, School, and Community Engagement Has Evolved Over Time  
Twentieth Century and Beyond  
Federal and State Court Decisions and Legislative Actions That Foster Family, School, and Community Partnerships  
Educational Rationale for Family, School, and Community Engagement  
Importance of Educational Research in Building Family, School, and Community Engagement in Diverse Communities  
Going Deeper Reflection  
Going Deeper Dialogic Questions  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 4  
 
PART II. EMBRACING TO ENGAGE
 
CHAPTER 4. How Cultural Proficiency Intersects With Family Engagement
Alignments  
Cultural Proficiency’s Guiding Principles Provide a Moral Base for Essential Elements  
Using Our Assets of Moral Authority, Reflection, and Dialogue  
Guiding Principles of Cultural Proficiency: Surfacing Our Assumptions, Beliefs, and Values  
Being Intentional in Valuing Students’ Cultures as Assets  
Valuing Leads to Doing  
Constantino’s Five Simple Principles  
Dual Capacity-Building Framework  
Dialogic Questions  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 5  
 
CHAPTER 5. The 7 Cs of Engagement
Collaboration  
Communication  
Caring  
Culture  
Community  
Connectedness  
Collective Responsibility  
Going Deeper Reflection  
Going Deeper Dialogic Questions  
Courageous Engagement  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 6  
 
PART III. FROM MARGINALIZATION TO INCLUSION
 
CHAPTER 6. Barriers to Family, School, and Community Engagement
Barriers to Cultural Proficiency  
Barriers to Family, School, and Community Engagement  
Author’s Analysis  
Using the Family, School, and Community Engagement Rubric  
Author’s Analysis  
Using the Family, School, and Community Engagement Rubric  
Author’s Analysis  
Using the Family, School, and Community Engagement Rubric  
Author’s Analysis  
Using the Family, School, and Community Engagement Rubric  
Going Deeper Reflection  
Going Deeper Dialogic Questions  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 7  
 
CHAPTER 7. The Guiding Principles Foster Essential Elements as Educator and School Action
From Barriers to Constructive Action  
Essential Elements  
Essential Elements  
Essential Elements  
Essential Elements  
Going Deeper Reflection  
Going Deeper Dialogic Questions  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 8  
 
PART IV. COMMIT TO ACTION
 
CHAPTER 8. The 8th C—Commit to Action
Building Family and Community Capacity  
Using Pre-assessments to Get Started  
Planning to Plan  
From Negative to Constructive  
Your Cultural Proficiency Family, School, and Community Engagement Action Plan  
Components of a Culturally Proficient Family, School, and Community Engagement Plan  
Summary  
Looking Ahead: Chapter 9  
 
CHAPTER 9. Resources: Culturally Proficient Planning for Inclusive Partnering and Capacity Building
Resources: Inclusive Partnering and Capacity Building Learning Strategies  
Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT)  
Parent/Family Universities  
Community-Based Organizing Efforts  
Resources: Technology Supported Strategies  
Resources: Practical Learning Strategies  
Summary  
Be Intentional About It  
 
RESOURCE A: BOOK STUDY GUIDE
 
RESOURCE B: CULTURAL PROFICIENCY BOOKS’ ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
 
RESOURCE C: AUTHORS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND WEBSITES
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

“Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility and privilege. These authors have been first responders for decades by pro­moting Cultural Proficiency as a means to ensure equity and access for all. In Equity Partnerships, they identify the powerful and critical link of family, school, and community engage­ment to strengthen families, build community support, and increase student success.”

Trudy Arriaga, Associate Dean for Equity and Outreach
California Lutheran University, and Coauthor of Opening Doors

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ISBN: 9781544324159