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Diverse Partnerships for Student Success: Strategies and Tools to Help School Leaders


reviewed by Mavis G. Sanders May 30, 2007

coverTitle: Diverse Partnerships for Student Success: Strategies and Tools to Help School Leaders
Author(s): Larry E. Decker, Virginia A. Decker, & Pamela M. Brown
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578865395 , Pages: 264, Year: 2006
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“Partnerships among schools, families, and community groups are not a luxury – they are a necessity” (Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, & Davies, 2007, p. 1). This growing consensus is reflected in educational policy, standards, and increasingly, albeit more slowly, in the training provided to teachers and principals (Epstein & Sanders, 2006; Hiatt-Michael, 2006). In Diverse Partnerships for Student Success: Strategies and Tools to Help School Leaders, Larry and Virginia Decker and Pamela Brown offer a comprehensive discussion of why it is increasingly important for schools to connect with students’ families as well as individuals, organizations, and agencies in the larger community. The book is organized into eleven chapters. The first three chapters, “Educational Partnerships: Principles and Strategies”, “Understanding the Community and the Status of Families and Youth”, and “Diversity and Multiculturalism in America”, present the reader with current statistics and trends that illustrate the changing landscape of families and schools in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 30, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14506, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:38:50 PM

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  • Mavis Sanders
    Johns Hopkins University
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    MAVIS SANDERS, Ph.D. in education from Stanford University, holds a joint appointment as research scientist at the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and associate professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Her research and teaching interests include school reform, parent and community involvement, and African-American student achievement. Her most recent book, Building School-Community Partnerships: Collaboration for Student Success, was published by Corwin Press in 2006. She is currently conducting research on district leadership for school, family, and community partnerships funded by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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