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ERIC Number: ED437350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-30
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Beyond Academics: Home-School Collaboration To Promote Health & Learning.
Godber, Yvonne; Esler, Amy
Families and schools are equal partners in the education of children, with both contributing in major ways. To succeed, their partnerships must be based on mutual trust and respect, with educators taking the lead in developing and nurturing effective collaboration with families. Overcoming barriers to partnerships means focusing on context, complexity, centrality, consistency, communication, and collaboration. Partnership principles include creating an open and friendly environment for parents, communicating with parents, and forging partnerships with all families. Trust building with parents involves predictability, dependability, and faith on the part of schools. Taking action to build trust involves focusing on such issues as: equal partnerships, power and social inequalities, cultural continuity, informal social events, and communication. Interacting with families requires maintaining a positive, honest orientation to all communication, ensuring that parents have all necessary information, and recognizing that trust takes time. The process of communication is influenced by dimensions of family-centered practice, including family orientation, positiveness, sensitivity, responsiveness, friendliness, and child and community skills. This paper includes a communications checklist, an action plan for strengthening home-school partnerships, and a sheet to help teachers examine what their partnership program will look like. (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A