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Reaching Out
A K-8 Resource for Connecting Families and Schools



August 2002 | 144 pages | Corwin
`The timing for Reaching Out could not have been better. Just when educators are beginning to realize that teachers need training in how to work with parents, Dianne W Kyle, Ellen McIntyre, Karne B Miller, and Gayle H Moore bring us a book that is a welcome breath of fresh air' - Patricia A Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Parental involvement is central to improved student performance, and in this book the authors illustrate how sustained parental involvement not only improves individual performance, but also has transformed classrooms and even entire schools. This book will provide teachers with a myriad of activities and ideas to connect in a meaningful way with the families of their students. Some activities are time and resource-intensive, and other ideas can be implemented with a minimum of preparation and effort.

Roland G. Tharp
Foreword
 
Preface
Acknowledgments

 
 
About the Authors
 
1. Connecting With Families
 
2. Building Trusting Relationships
 
3. Strategies for Enhancing Communication
 
4. Building Effective Partnerships Through Family Workshops
 
5. Reaching Out Through Family Visits
 
6. Modifying Instructional Practices to Increase Family Involvement
 
7. Involving Families in Homework
 
Conclusion
 
Resource A: Books of Interest to Elementary Students and Their Families
 
Resource B: Books of Interest to Middle School Students and Their Families
 
References
 
Index

"In today’s era of accountability, it is refreshing to find a book that helps teachers think beyond teaching to the tests to focus instead on children and families and ways to create opportunities for successful learning."

Dorene Ross, Professor
School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, Gainesville

"The timing for Reaching Out could not have been better. Just when educators are beginning to realize that teachers need training in how to work with parents, the authors bring us a book that is a welcome breath of fresh air."

Patricia A. Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy
Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

"Reaching Out describes a great variety of ways to respectfully and productively engage families in helping their children learn and grow. Throughout the text the reader is reminded that parents are experts about their children and that trusting relationships are built on respectful, two-way communications. The authors also remind us that the goal of family involvement is not parent participation at school events and activities but improved student achievement.”

Steve McCafferty, Principal
Mildred Dean School. Newport, KY

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Roland G. Tharp

Preface

Chapter 1: Connecting with Families


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