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ERIC Number: ED539611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
A Proposal to Strengthen Family and Community Engagement within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: An Implementation Guide
Sprick, Briana; Rich, Malcolm
This guide is intended for school leaders who want to create partnerships with families and community members in their schools. There are many reasons to want to increase family and community engagement. First and foremost, family and community engagement helps students achieve. In addition, creating partnerships allows for the pooling of resources so the school has access to more services, creates a stronger community, and improves school practices. This guide is directed at school leaders because, though any parent, member of the school community, or community organization can initiate a partnership, principals play a key role in the success of school partnerships. Principals have the power to set the tone of the school; if a principal is not invested in engaging families and the community, the teachers and school staff will not exert much effort to do so. Any major school culture shift will have trouble succeeding without the support of the school administration, and effective partnerships require a committed school culture. Partnerships involve more than just inviting families and community members to participate at the school. They require sharing power and responsibility, not to mention resources, to achieve a common goal: the academic achievement and developmental growth of students. (Contains 22 footnotes and 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appleseed