• Examines the roles of media specialists, teachers, and administrators in engaging parents in our schools
• Reports on the conclusive research documenting the positive impact of parent engagement in student achievement
• Informs readers about grassroots community organizing networks such as the Industrial Areas Foundation, the Pacific Institute for Community Organization, and the Gameliel Foundation
• Offers practical tips like using technology for parent outreach, such as student-created audiocasts that are sent out by automated phones calls from school sites
• Includes four specific real-life examples of parental involvement initiatives: home visits, the use of technology, school/community gardens, and community organizing
• Offers bibliographic listings for additional print and online resources
• Presents a comprehensive index
"As usual, Larry doesn't disappoint! His text—designed to introduce schools to the kinds of strategies and actions necessary for moving parent participation in schools from involvement to engagement—details a series of key principles that define effective community engagement efforts AND a series of practical projects that communities could tackle tomorrow. Drawn largely from his 20 years of experience as a community organizer and his second career as an educator at a high-needs school in Sacramento, California, Larry's thoughts and ideas have a measure of credibility that you just can't find anywhere else. . . . What made Larry's book so powerful to me is that it directly challenges the traditional efforts made by schools to reach out to parents—chaperoning field trips, making photocopies, organizing bake sales. . . . What will make Larry's book powerful to you is that it provides tangible examples of what meaningful parent engagement efforts can look like in action—and in a world where closing the achievement gap depends on strengthening the capacity of parents, those examples are nothing short of invaluable."
The Tempered Radical weblog
"Sacramento, California-based educator Ferlazzo teaches high school-level English language learners; Hammond has been in education for 35 years, working as a teacher from preschool to college, a curriculum coordinator, a researcher, and a teacher educator. Together they have created a concise introduction for educators on engaging parents as active players in the school community — particularly in lower-income and urban schools — by basing parents' involvement in issues that motivate them in authentic ways, and by helping them develop the power to act. After explaining the concept of parent engagement, the authors present four chapters describing successful parent-involved school projects from around the US."
Reference & Research Book News
". . . parents and schools must work together for the improvement of instruction, and for the betterment of their students' academic and person lives. The authors write of this importance, while giving down-to-earth examples of how it can work. . . . Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"No Child Left Behind" promotes it. Research confirms it. Schools across the country are proving it. Getting parents involved in their children's education—not just with homework but in the life of the school itself—has a remarkably positive impact on the report card, the school, and the community.
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