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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (February 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565848888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565848887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beyond the Bake Sale provides compelling, practical ways to collaborate in building the partnerships necessary to create a culture of learning and achievement. It will become the seminal reference for school districts and schools that are serious about family and community engagement."
—Thomas W. Payzant, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Beyond the Bake Sale emphatically reminds us that the missing ingredient in closing the gaps in achievement is heaping measures of community and family involvement. In this one-of-a-kind book, even the most savvy experts will find novel advice and useful tools, surveys, sample school policies, checklists, and strategies."
—Wendy D. Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network, Washington, D.C.

"This outstanding resource recognizes and builds upon assets that parents and communities bring in creating partnerships for children’s school success—rich in examples that help schools acknowledge the cultural strengths of families, and their important contribution to teaching and learning."
—Dr. Rosana G. Rodriguez, Director of Community and Public Engagement, Intercultural Development Research Association, Austin, Texas

About the Author

Anne T. Henderson is a senior consultant with the Community Involvement Program, Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Dr. Vivian Johnson is the leading researcher on Parent/Family Centers in schools. She lives in Boston. Karen L. Mapp is a lecturer on education at Harvard and former Deputy Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement in Boston. Don Davies is the founder of the Institute for Responsive Education and Professor Emeritus at Boston University.

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Anne T. Henderson is a senior consultant with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Anne's specialty is the relationship between families and schools, and its impact on students' success in school and through life. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities.

Over the past 25 years, Anne has written, by herself and with others, a small library of reader-friendly articles, reports, handouts, and books. Her best-selling book, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, (NY: The New Press 2007) was written with Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies.

Anne has also written the Evidence series, which reviews the research on the effects of parent and community engagement on student achievement. The latest edition, A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement, written with Karen L. Mapp, was published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in 2002. (www.sedl.org/connections)

Anne was born in Trenton, NJ, went to Oberlin College and Rutgers University, and now lives in Washington, DC

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This is a wonderful book for administrators,community members,parents and teachers in understanding how to develop family-school partnerships beyond the "basics!"
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This book provides essential information for every educational leader, teacher, or parent who wants to break down the barriers to parent involvement.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Staub on March 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the book I have been waiting for! If I could give it 6 stars, I would. Six years ago I attended a workshop on parent involvement with Don Davies and Karen Mapp as presenters and it changed my life. Since then I have been working in my children's schools and in the community to establish home/school /community partnerships. Over the years I have collected three files drawers full of materials, one full shelf of books and another full shelf of binders filled with things I downloaded from the internet. I've read it all and I will tell you that this book represents the very best of it in one concise, easy-to-read, and easy-to-follow volume.

It's all here: the research(presented in an approachable manner), background on the implications of No Child Left Behind on how schools must interact with parents, case studies, tools for evaluating where you are, instructions for creating action research teams( which I have used with great success), a section on the value of parents in the arena of advocating for school improvement, and a comprehensive list of resources which are accessible to anyone with a computer and a desire to improve their schools.

I never read Anne Henderson's first Bake Sale book, but I did have the opportunity to see her speak. Her depth of knowledge in this area is incredible and her ability to make the information accessible to her audience is exceptional. All of that comes through in this book. If you want better parent involvement in your schools, start by reading this book.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Picture Book Mom on February 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the book I've been looking for since my daughter entered the public school system a year and a half ago! As an active and involved parent, I was eager to get involved at her school. I volunteered regularly in her classroom, I attended all her events (those in the classroom and those that were school-wide.) I joined PTO and attended meetings regularly. I served on planning committees and contributed to fund-raisers. Still, I lacked a way in to what seemed like a very tight system of parents and teachers working together. I felt as though I didn't have enough experience to know what was approriate to talk about where and when. I didn't have the confidence (even after being a teacher myself for five years) to ask the questions I wanted to ask about the way our school worked.

The transition to first grade was not a smooth one for our family. My daughter's teacher was a first-year teacher and lacked the experience she needed to keep the lines of parent-teacher communication wide open. Our concerns snowballed quickly and we were ready to pull our daughter out of the school system and look for alternatives when I found this book.

This book presents advice, tips, and plans for teachers, parents, and administrators to begin working towards collaboration and cooperation in the school setting. Our children can only benefit from having more people on their teams! I want to be recognized as an important member of my daughter's team. This book has given me tips on ways to get my daughter's school to see me that way (beyond the basics I was already doing.) I found the list of questions to ask at conferences or in meetings to be particularly helpful as ways in to a conversation with my daughter's teacher even when nothing is going wrong.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Kugler on March 27, 2007
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No more excuses for not engaging parents in their children's education! This book provides essential information for every educational leader, teacher, or parent who wants to break down the barriers to parent involvement. Every page is a gem, filled with valuable insights and clear strategies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By amazon fan on May 6, 2010
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While this is probably a very good book for any school administrators in a position of power, it really does not offer much in terms of realistic, valuable advice for parents. As the incoming PTA President at my children's elementary school next year, I was looking more at what parents can be doing to foster relationships and run a successful PTA.

The recommendations given in this book are focused at the administrative level and must really be implemented by those in authority, as I am the last one who can be telling my Principal that she needs to completely overhaul our entire system. For those whose principals are receptive to that, more power to you. For those whose principals are not, I suggest you look elsewhere for helpful advice. This goes well beyond the Bake Sale and really has nothing to do with the PTA unless you are an adminstrator looking to change things or your school's relationship with its parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. MacDonald on October 6, 2008
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This is a great resource for organizations / teachers who are trying to improve communications and interactions with families.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louise Lord Nelson on June 25, 2007
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I will not be surprised when Beyond the Bake Sale becomes referenced as the quintessential book on parent participation. The book not only takes a widely researched topic and presents it in an organized, easy to read format, it also reads like a how-to book rather than a textbook, making the topic much more approachable.

Beyond the Bake Sale became a resource to me and participants in a recent study I did with parents of children who have disabilities, educators, and school leaders. During the study participants worked to discover parent participation techniques that would open doors to both parents of children with disabilities and educators within their schools. At the end of the study, I was able to provide each participant with a copy of this book along with a list of suggested pages that fit the needs of each individual school site. The participants were overjoyed to receive the book and many (both parents and educators) have already e-mailed me saying they appreciate the way the book presents the information. Based on the feedback of others and my own reading, Beyond the Bake Sale is not only informative, it is inspirational.
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