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ERIC Number: ED508362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Organizing Family and Community Connections with Schools: How Do School Staff Build Meaningful Relationships with All Stakeholders? A Strategy Brief of the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
Ferguson, Chris
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)
Twenty years of research on school performance has created a body of knowledge that grounds today's school improvement efforts and has resulted in a concise list of characteristics that are common to high-performing schools. As accountability becomes more and more important, educational leaders across the nation are actively attempting to foster these qualities in their schools: (1) A shared understanding of goals and expectations for all involved in the school system; (2) High academic standards clearly defining what students are to know and be able to do; (3) A strong cadre of leaders providing support for the goals and expectations of the school and the school community; (4) Procedures for purposeful collection and analysis of data on students, programs, and staff; and (5) Strong relationships with family and community partners. Unfortunately, schools and districts commonly expend most of their time and effort developing the first four qualities and neglect to build strong relationships with family and community. If school leaders desire to actively engage families in purposeful actions to support student learning, they need to design an effort that will provide parents with the tools and strategies to do this as well as work with them to insure that they understand how to use these tools. This "strategy brief" examines proactive strategies schools can use to help them build strong relationships between school staff and families.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (ED)