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Preparing Educators to Involve Families: From Theory to Practice


reviewed by Susan Auerbach August 07, 2006

coverTitle: Preparing Educators to Involve Families: From Theory to Practice
Author(s): Heather B. Weiss, Holly Kreider, M. Elena Lopez, and Celina M. Chatman (Eds.)
Publisher: Sage Publishing, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412909090, Pages: 182, Year: 2005
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Mandates for parental involvement have become increasingly common components of school reform programs, grant guidelines, and educational policy in the past 25 years. Yet surveys suggest that working with parents is a key source of stress for new teachers and administrators, that preparation programs are inadequate in this area, and that parents and educators are often still “worlds apart” in their views, as Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot’s (1978) classic work observed (Jacobson, 2005; Johnson & Duffett, 2003; Levine, 2005; Shartrand, Weiss, Kreider, & Lopez, 1997). Preparing Educators to Involve Families takes a fresh approach to addressing these gaps with a dozen teaching cases embedded in brief essays on psychological and sociocultural theory. Editors from the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) have carefully constructed cases to illustrate theoretical concepts, reveal the complexity of home-school relations, and promote educators’ empathy with—rather than deficit-based blaming of—low-income families of color. Provocative discussion questions, suggested readings, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 07, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12646, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:26:13 AM

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  • Susan Auerbach
    California State University, Northridge
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    SUSAN AUERBACH, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at California State University, Northridge. She has published on parent engagement, home-school relations, and college access issues for students of color in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Urban Education (in press), Journal of Latino Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and in the edited book "Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach." She is currently investigating the role of urban school leaders in promoting family engagement.
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