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ERIC Number: EJ851772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Family-School Partnerships: An Essential Component of Student Achievement
Christenson, Sandra; Palan, Rosalie; Scullin, Sarah
Principal Leadership, v9 n9 p10-12, 14, 16 May 2009
A partnership between families and schools occurs when parents and educators join in mutual efforts that have the shared goal of improving outcomes for students. Although administrators and teachers are the education experts, students are in the classroom for a relatively small portion of the day and the year. Parents, on the other hand, are the experts on their children. When schools and families become partners, they create conditions that allow for ongoing problem solving and collaboration that benefits everyone. Although such partnerships will not always be easy, such benefits as higher achievement and increased support make them worthwhile. In this article, the authors discuss several issues that will lead to successful collaboration. They also describe how school administrators can help build effective partnerships with families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A