ERIC Number: EJ932180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Involvement or Engagement?
Educational Leadership, v68 n8 p10-14 May 2011
To create the kinds of school-family partnerships that raise student achievement, improve local communities, and increase public support, schools need to understand the difference between family involvement and family engagement. Schools that emphasize the latter tend toward doing with families, rather than doing to families. These schools do more listening than talking; they strive for two-way conversation rather than one-way communication. Their vision of the school community does not stop at the school grounds, but encompasses the overall neighborhood. Ferlazzo, an English teacher in an urban high school, describes how his school has developed partnerships with parents that address not only school challenges but also family and community needs.
Descriptors: Community Needs, Family Involvement, School Community Relationship, Public Support, English Teachers, Parent Participation, Family School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Academic Achievement, English Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California