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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.
Index to Advertisers
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
Educational LeadershipSeptember 2016 / Volume 74, Number 1Relationships First
What to Do in Week One? Rick Wormeli The first days of school set the learning dynamic for the year ahead.
Correcting Our Connecting Eric Toshalis Are you demanding trust too soon? How do you respond to anger? Questions to ask to make your student outreach more effective.
Unlocking Boys’ Potential Michael C. ReichertHow to help boys want to learn from you.
The Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Susan E. Craig Insights on how trauma influences the brain—and how to reach children suffering from its aftermath.
More Than a Safe Space Michael Sadowski What LGBTQ students seek is what every student deserves: safety and belonging.
Helping Black and Latino Males SucceedRobert Jackson Lessons about pride, insecurity, and the need to be respected.
Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHDLisa Medoff Tips on how to reach kids whose behavior might puzzle you.
Let Care Shine Through Elizabeth Bondy and Elyse HambacherCaring for students is a moral imperative, a way to take steps toward social justice.
The Principal Factor Tim WesterbergFrom being visible to modeling respect, these six principles for principals are central.
Choosing to Be Positive Stephanie M. Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Ann ParteeHow to handle those moments when you must decide: How should I address this behavior?
Classrooms that Put People First John HaywardIdeas to abide by as you continue to get to know your students.
What My Refugee Students Taught Me Sidney Brown Justice was the theme that year; building bridges, the challenge.
Perspectives/How Does Trust Happen?Marge Scherer
Research Matters/“High Touch” Is Crucial for “High Tech” Students Bryan GoodwinThe cyber generation needs more than online-only connections.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/2 x 10 Conversations Doug Fisher and Nancy FreyIn two minutes a day, you can begin a problem-solving process for improving behavior.
The Techy Teacher/Don’t Waste the First WeekCatlin TuckerSome low- and medium-tech ways to break the ice.
Principal Connection/New School Year Resolutions Thomas R. HoerrIf you want to achieve your new initiatives, share your new ideas.
One to Grow On/Fox Taming and TeachingCarol Ann TomlinsonWhat the fox taught the child and vice versa.
EL Takeaways/The 4th R: Relationships
Tokens of ConnectionTheresa Crowley Tools to use one-on-one with students, especially those who may lack trust.
Take a Tip from the CubsJames Fornaciari Help your kids develop a mission, work as a team, and recapture the joy of learning.
Cs for Effective TeachingChristopher EmdinHow building positive relationships and creating an academically challenging classroom go hand in hand.
One Chapter at a TimeCherish R. Skinker Her passion for To Kill a Mockingbird left a lasting impression on her students.
Tell Me About. . .How you connected with a hard-to-reach student.
EL Study GuideKim Greene
EL Interview Baruti Kafele talks about the benefits of the Young Men’s Empowerment Program and how teachers can build relationships with students whose backgrounds differ from their own.
Inservice Guest BloggersMichael Sadowski and Lisa Medoff