Home-School Relations: Working Successfully with Parents and Families (3rd Edition)

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9780205498406: Home-School Relations: Working Successfully with Parents and Families (3rd Edition)

Home-School Relations examines the nature of the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and provides practical advice for developing strong home-school relationships.  This book discusses the need for educators to have positive working relationships with the students they teach and describes the techniques they must use to understand the families from which their students come. In addition to covering the traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication, Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delve further into the issues facing families today. Poverty, advocacy, fathering and domestic violence and their effect on families are covered opening new paths of understanding for educators. In addition, diversity (cultural, racial, religious, and sexual orientation) is discussed.

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" [I] have many ways of “selling” the text to my students because there is very accurate, helpful information for working with parents.  From teaching and working with parents myself, I can tell my students that the ideas presented really work.  Compared to other texts, I appreciated how each chapter of this book is written by different authors and experts in that particular field or topic.  I think it brings a higher level of credibility to the reader.”

—Julie Bryant, Southwest Baptist University

 

 

Home–School Relations examines the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and provides educators practical advice for developing strong partnerships with their students’ families. Supporting parents as full partners in education, this text stresses the need for educators to have positive working relationships with the students that they teach by understanding the families from which their students come. In addition to covering the traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent–teacher communication, Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delve further into the issues facing families today. Looking at the effects that poverty, advocacy, the role of fathers, domestic violence, bullying, and school violence have on families, the authors offer practical techniques that give educators the tools to cope with the many factors affecting their students. Integrating diversity (cultural, racial, religious and sexual orientation) throughout the text, Home–School Relations is the best text available to prepare educators for all the forms of diversity they will encounter in the field.

 

New to This Edition:

  • Completely NEW chapter: Chapter 16, on advocacy
  • Current information on domestic violence, bullying ,and school violence  and the impact on children
  • Comprehensive coverage of school choices including charter schools, magnet schools, and vouchers
  • One NEW Case Study is included in most chapters
  • NEW “Children’s Books” sections list children’s literature to complement each chapter
  • Updated discussion of father/male involvement in schools

About the Author:

Glenn Olsen is currently a professor and department chair in the Teaching and Learning Department at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oregon, a M.S. degree in Child Development from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has taught American History and Urban Studies at Jefferson School and South High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also directed child care centers in rural communities and in technical colleges in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has over 30 articles on different education issues published and another book co-authored with John Hoover called Teasing and Harassment: The Frames and Scripts Approach for Teachers and Parents. Glenn served on the Crookston, Minnesota School Board for eight years. He has three adult children and his wife Barb teaches kindergarten.

 

Mary Lou Fuller has been an elementary school teacher, school psychologist, and a university faculty member. At the time she retired from the University of North Dakota, she was a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and held the Rose Isabelle Kelley Fischer Chair of Education. She received three Master’s Degrees from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Her studies dealt with diversity in the classroom and in families, and diversity is central to most of her research and publications. Among her publications are two other college textbooks, Teaching Hispanic Children and Adult Learners on Campus, co-authored with colleagues. Mary Lou now lives on a ranch in the high desert of Arizona and teaches off-campus classes for Northern Arizona University. She enjoys communicating with other educators and welcomes email at mary_fuller@und.edu .

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