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Home, School, and Community Collaboration

Home, School, and Community Collaboration
Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

Fourth Edition
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February 2018 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Home, School, and Community Collaboration uses the culturally responsive family support model as a framework to prepare teachers to work effectively with children from diverse families. Authors Kathy B. Grant and Julie A. Ray skillfully incorporate numerous real-life vignettes and case studies to show readers the practical application of culturally responsive family engagement.

The Fourth Edition contains additional content that enhances the already relevant text, including: a new section titled “Perspectives on Poverty” acknowledging the deep levels of poverty in the United States and the impact on family-school relations; increased coverage of Latino/Latina family connections; and updated demographics focusing on the issues impacting same-sex families, families experiencing divorce, children and family members with chronic illnesses, military families, and grandparents raising children.

With contributions from more than 22 experts in the field offering a wide range of perspectives, this book will help readers understand, appreciate, and support diverse families.

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SECTION I. Understanding Family Engagement: Building a Knowledge Base for Culturally Responsive Family Engagement
CHAPTER 1. Family Engagement and the Responsive Educator
Preparing for Family Partnerships: Actualizing the Process  
Forming Family Partnerships: Self-Assessment Activity  
Benefits of Effective Family Engagement Practices  
Barriers to Authentic Family Engagement  
Current Trends in Family Demographics  
Culturally Responsive Family Engagement  
Ethical Practice  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 2. Theories and Models for Family Engagement in Schools
Defining Family  
Family Systems Conceptual Framework  
Ecological Systems Theory: Urie Bronfenbrenner  
Family Empowerment Models: Carl Dunst  
The Funds of Knowledge: Luis Moll  
Family–School Partnerships Framework: Joyce Epstein  
School Development Program: James Comer  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 3. Supporting Families as They Parent Today’s Children
Stages of Parenthood  
Parenting Styles  
Effects of Different Parenting Styles on a Child’s Behavior  
Teacher Acceptance of Differing Parenting Styles  
Family Support for All  
Principles of Family Support in Schools  
Parent Education Models  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
SECTION II. Appreciating Families: Today’s Diverse Families
CHAPTER 4. Structurally Diverse Families
Today’s American Families  
Nuclear Family Settings  
Extended Family Settings  
Single-Parent Families  
Blended Families  
Same-Sex Families  
Grandparents and Other Kinship Roles  
Multiracial Families  
Adoptive Families  
Foster Families  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 5. Culturally Diverse Families
What Is Culture?  
Similarities and Differences Among Culturally Diverse Families  
Teachers’ Beliefs About Diverse Families  
Linguistic Diversity in Families  
Growth of the Latino/a Population in the United States  
Working With Newly Immigrated Families  
Diversity in Family Religious Practices  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 6. Students of Families in Transition
Family Life Cycle: Normal Transitions  
Characteristics of Difficult Family Transitions  
Students in Families Undergoing Separation, Divorce, and Remarriage  
Death of a Parent or Family Member  
Students With Parents in the Military  
Students With Parents in Prison  
Students in Foster Care  
Scenarios Relating to Students in Foster Care  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 7. Families Overcoming Obstacles
Families Living in Poverty  
Students Experiencing Homelessness  
Families Affected by Violence  
Chronic Illness of a Family Member or Student  
Working With Families Who Have Experienced Natural Disasters  
Families and Children Under Stress: Risk and Resilience in the Face of Trauma  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 8. Families in Abusive Situations
Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics  
Types of Child Abuse and Neglect  
Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, and Neglect  
The Role of the Teacher in Reporting Child Abuse  
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse: Working With Child Protective Services  
Working With Families in Abusive Situations  
Domestic Violence, Families, and Schools  
The Educator’s Role After Reporting Occurs  
The Role of the School Administrator  
Corporal Punishment in Schools  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
SECTION III. Family Engagement: Putting Knowledge and Skills Into Action
CHAPTER 9. Engaging Families in Their Children’s Learning at School and at Home
Collaborating With Families on Academic Learning and Development  
Communicating With Families on Standards-Based Curriculum  
Common Core State Standards: What Parents Need to Know  
Collaborating With Families on Classroom Behavioral Challenges  
Classroom Volunteers  
Homework and Home-Learning Activities  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 10. Teacher as Family Communication Facilitator
Print Communication  
Special Considerations With Using Social Media as a Tool for Communication  
Suggestions for School Districts and Educators Using Social Media  
Verbal Communication: Informal and Formal Conferences  
Active Listening Behaviors  
Planning for Formal Conferences  
Alternatives in Conferencing With Families  
Documentation of Communication  
Communicating With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families  
Barriers to Communicat  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 11. Working With Families of Children With Exceptionalities
Helping Families Adjust to Having a Child With Exceptional Needs  
Cultural Considerations in Working With Families of Children With Differing Abilities  
Classroom Teachers’ Role in Special Education  
Council for Exceptional Children Standards  
Legislation Relating to the Education of Children With Exceptional Needs  
Components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  
Communicating With Families About Exceptional Need  
Families of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder  
Referral Process and Identification  
Involving Families in the Individualized Education Program Process  
Collaboration With Families of Young Children: Individual Family Service Plans  
Response to Intervention  
Assistive Technology  
Working With Families of Students Who Are Gifted and Talented  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 12. Teacher as a Family Resource and Advocate
Asset-Based and Family-Centered Partnerships  
Home Visits  
Advocacy for Children and Families: Strategies for Becoming Advocates  
Community Resources for the Classroom and Families  
Families as Decision Makers and School Leaders  
Resource Personnel to Support Families  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
CHAPTER 13. Schoolwide Family Engagement Activities: Family Events, Family Resource Centers, and Volunteer Programs
Preparing for Schoolwide Family Engagement Activities  
Family Events That Support Students’ Success at School  
Organizing, Preparing, and Hosting Family Events  
Back-to-School Events  
Transition Events  
Collaboration on Cultural and Community Events  
Setting Up a Family Literacy Event  
Family Math Nights That Honor Both Cultural and Community Influences  
Family Science Night: H2O Experiments  
Full STEAM Ahead: Organizing a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Night  
School Volunteers  
Reflection Questions  
CR-Tech Connections  
Student Study Site  
Appendix A. Standards
Appendix B. National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct
Appendix C. State Agencies for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Appendix D. Individualized Education Program and Individualized Family Service Plan Examples
About the Authors
About the Contributors


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

·         Microsoft® Word test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting personalized questions to assess students’ progress and understanding.

·         Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for courses and highlight essential content and features.

·         ·         Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi.

·         Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.

·         ·         A set of all graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, in PowerPoint, .pdf, and .jpg formats for class presentations.

·         Family Engagement Plan Case Study helps students to synthesize all of the concepts they have learned about family engagement.
·         Movie List provides additional suggestions for movies and TV shows on topics of interest related to the book.

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

·         eFlashcards for anywhere, anytime studying to strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
·         Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment to master course material on the go


“This state-of-the-art textbook provides a wealth of scholarly, theoretically anchored, perspectives-based content, activities, and resources, which are designed to enhance preservice teachers’ ability to work with students and families effectively, regardless of their backgrounds, cultures, or circumstances.”

Diane Smith Grych
Concord University

“This textbook describes real-life educational situations and provides teachers with resources for developing a collaborative relationship with home, school, and the community.”

Kimmarie Cipolla
Saint Joseph’s University

“This is a wonderful text that provides students with a keen understanding of how they can support the development of home-school and community collaborations.”

Cherie Crosby
Manor College

“This text continues to provide relevant information to meet the challenges of family involvement in today’s classrooms.”

Sharon Carter
Davidson County Community College

“I think this is a very thorough text addressing the issues surrounding family-school-community collaborations. Not only is the text reader-friendly, but it also offers an abundance of practical tips on how best to promote family engagement among a diverse array of family types.”

Jill M. Trumbell
University of New Hampshire

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