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Educational LeadershipSeptember 2017 / Volume 75, Number 1In Sync with Families
Building Partnerships Through Classroom-Based Events Debbie Zacarian and Michael SilverstoneHow to design events that make families feel welcome and build on the rich cultural assets they bring to schools.
How Home Visits Transformed My TeachingLouise El Yaafouri-KreuzerVisiting families’ homes can connect teachers to students’ histories, needs, and strengths.
Supporting Families in a Time of FearEileen Gale Kugler Tightened immigration policies and uncertainty are creating a “silent crisis” for students from immigrant families. Educators’ response matters.
Beginning Again With Marginalized ParentsJamel Adkins-SharifTo tap parents’ knowledge and support, an alternative high school program created new opportunities for communication.
Unlocking Families’ Potential: A Conversation with Karen L. MappNaomi ThiersA noted advocate for meaningful school-family partnerships discusses how to get beyond “random acts of parent involvement.”
Families Are Changing—and Staying the SamePhilip N. Cohen A sociologist says educators need to understand complex family structures while celebrating common values.
Building Bridges Across the Autism Spectrum Barbara Boroson To best serve students with special needs, honor the collective wisdom of both parents and educators.
Engaging Parents Through Better Communication Systems Matthew A. Kraft New research shows that frequent, personalized outreach to parents works. How can schools support the practice?
Can Parent-Teacher Groups Work for All Students?Christine Woyshner and Maia Cucchiara The 176-year history of parent-teacher organizations is complex—and entirely relevant to today’s schools.
Welcome Families by Focusing on Strengths Justin MinkelA focus on deficits hurts both students and their families. We need to build families up—especially now.
Family Values: An Immigrant Teacher’s Story Abigail Akosua Kayser A personal reflection on how schools can better partner with immigrant families.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
Perspectives/Not Your Parents’ Parent InvolvementAnthony Rebora
Research Matters/The Power of Parental Expectations Bryan GoodwinParent involvement starts with powerful everyday messages.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/Reducing the Impact of MobilityDouglas Fisher and Nancy Frey How one school treats each new student as a valued learner from day one.
The Techy Teacher/3Tech Strategies to Keep Parents in Sync with School Catlin TuckerDigitally savvy practices to keep parents engaged and informed.
Principal Connection/Swimming with Your Shoes On Thomas R. HoerrFor good communication with parents, plan, practice, and plan more.
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Confronting Inequity/Building Community Knowledge H. Richard Milner IVTo support diverse students, know their communities.
One to Grow On/One Team, One Goal Carol Ann TomlinsonWhen educators and parents establish shared intentions, everyone benefits.
Tell Me About . . ./How You Made a Family Feel Welcome at School
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/Family Matters
Lessons on Family Engagement from LibrariansDonna C. Celano, Naomi A. Moland, and Susan B. Neuman Early literacy practices in some libraries offer takeaways for educators about how to engage parents.
Welcoming Black Families: What Schools Can Learn from Churches Yvette LatundeChurches can be both models of hospitality and valuable community partners.
Video: Best Practices for Family EngagementAccomplished educators share their ideas for building better relationships with students’ families.
EL Study Guide/Connecting with FamiliesEssential questions and discussion prompts for this month’s issue.
Inservice Guest BloggersJamel Adkins-Sharif and Barbara Borosonhttp://inservice.ascd.org
Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that’s both revolutionary and truly inspiring.