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Building Parent Engagement in Schools 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1586833421
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"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

". . . 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

"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

About the Author

Larry Ferlazzo teaches English language learners at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA.

Lorie Hammond has been an educator for 35 years, working as a teacher from preschool to college, a curriculum coordinator, a researcher, and a teacher educator.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Linworth; 1 edition (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586833421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586833428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William M. Ferriter on October 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Larry Ferlazzo has been one of the most influential minds in my own personal learning network for a long while now. I first stumbled onto Larry's work when In Practice--a collaborative blog that Larry writes with two other thinkers I admire, Brian Crosby and Alice Mercer--was up for an Edublogs award a few years ago.

That's why I was so excited when Linworth Publishing agreed to send me a free review copy of Larry's new book, Building Parent Engagement in Schools.

(Note to FTC: Does that qualify as a full disclosure statement?)

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.

Through 96 pages of engaging text, he describes four main projects, including examples of each in action:

1. A process for parent-home visits designed to develop strong relationships between a child's two primary teachers.

2. An effort to develop family literacy through the use of computers and at-home internet connections.

3. The important role that cross-cultural spaces--think community gardens--can play in engaging immigrant populations that are often isolated in traditional schools.

4. The role that formal community organizers can play in supporting schools.
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If students are going to excell, the parent must be involved. There are things the schools can do to reach out to families helping them become partners in their child's education.
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