Foreword by: Joyce L. Epstein
Publication Date: April 5, 2019
This book helps teachers gain confidence and build sensitivity when interacting with caregivers and families who speak different languages and may come from different cultural, racial, and social backgrounds. By presenting various scenarios, the authors invite readers to reflect on issues they will face as practicing teachers in classrooms and across school districts. Chapter modules cover common challenges teachers face in a variety of situations, including conducting honest parent–teacher conferences, dealing with discipline issues, responding to confrontational parents, and educating neurodiverse students. Each module includes questions, worksheets, and background information for developing asset-based approaches, and each explores more than one solution to the challenges presented. This essential resource shows teachers how to consider caregivers’ and students’ underlying needs so they can better shape responses to the unique, changing situations in which they find themselves.
Patricia A. Edwards, member of the Reading Hall Fame, professor of language and literacy, and bestselling author , Rand J. Spiro, Lisa M. Domke, Ann M. Castle, Marliese R. Peltier, and Tracy Huffman Donohue are all at Michigan State University and Kristen L. White of Northern Michigan University.
"This book by Patricia Edwards and her colleagues will help prospective K–8 teachers and professors of education build knowledge and skills to engage all parents and other caregivers in their children’s education. All means all—regardless of racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds. They guide future teachers, step by step, to think creatively about customizing communications and connections so all parents know they are real, respected, and productive partners in children’s learning and development."
—Joyce L. Epstein, director, Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and National Network of Partnership Schools, Johns Hopkins University
“Partnering with Families for Student Success: 24 Scenarios for Problem Solving with Parents is a practice-focused book steeped in both the relevant literature on family, school, and community partnerships and in the theory of how practitioners learn from cases. It is accessible and trustworthy, a timely and important contribution to K–8 teacher preparation. This is a gem of a resource for teacher educators and teacher preparation programs looking to support the development of teachers who can work in responsive, thoughtful partnership with all families.”
― Judy Paulick, Curry School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia
“This book is a must-read for everyone involved in education—teachers, teacher educators, researchers, social workers, and the para-professionals that often serve as a liaison between school and home. Edwards and her colleagues provide a process for resolving differences that extends far beyond the interactions between educators and caregivers—a process applicable to interactions between colleagues in academe and between professors and students. The modules are comprehensive, and the case scenarios for each of the 24 modules are realistic and engaging. I've rarely seen a volume that I can recommend—without equivocation—to everyone involved in education.”
—Elfrieda (Freddy) H. Hiebert, president and CEO of TextProject