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Family-School Partnership Models

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In thinking about the type of partnership your school culture embraces, consider how well it engages families and the greater community in:
Building RelationshipsLinking to LearningAddressing DifferencesSupporting Advocacy andSharing PowerBake Sale authors point the way with these four partnership models:

The Partnership School
This school's culture holds that all families and communities have something great to offer and the school will do whatever it takes to work closely with all stakeholders to make sure every single student succeeds. Home visits are common with new families. The building is open to community use and social services are available to families at all times. All family activities connect to student learning and parents and teachers look at student work and test results together. The parent group includes all families and there's a clear, open process for resolving problems. Student-led Parent-Teacher conferences are held three times a year for 30-minutes. In a …

Intro to What I Learned at #PTcamp

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Sometimes we forget. We don't mean to, but we forget that our children are whole children who come to and from school from families and communities.

But, what if we didn't forget? And what if we engaged parents as partners, allies, and advocates in children's education at home and at school?

Because more than 40 years of research shows that when families are engaged in their child's learning, that child does better. And this holds true regardless of a parent's level of education, country of origin, or socioeconomic status.

So, why do so many schools struggle to engage families? And does it really matter how family-friendly your schools are?

These were some of the questions I had in mind this summer when I participated in #PTcamp: a free and open, virtual bookchat spanning 10 time zones and involving more than 100 educators and parents. Together we read Beyond the Bake Sale: the essential guide to family-school partnerships. Each week we read a couple of chapters, then …