More Than Bake Sales: The Resource Guide for Family Involvement in Education

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We all know how crucial family involvement at home and in school is to a child's academic success, yet how do we achieve it? In More Than Bake Sales James Vopat details proven ways of increasing parent involvement as well as providing the resource materials you will need to get started. With illustrative examples from a variety of elementary and middle schools, the opportunities for family-school collaboration include:

  • over two dozen curriculum-based parent workshops in writing, reading, family and community history, ecology, education standards, and computer technology;
  • a tested model for developing parent-teacher leadership in which leadership is accomplished by doing, not talking about doing;
  • practical and proven strategies any teacher can use to strengthen the home-school connection (how about starting your own Roving Parent Journal?);
  • community-building activities that establish trust and improve communication with parents;
  • accessible resource materials, including research articles, read-alouds, a list of helpful national organizations, and reproducible workshop formats.

More Than Bake Sales will help you increase parent involvement in your classroom and school in ways that support children's learning and academic success.

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I enjoyed it! Educators learn to tune out "what to do." They seldom hear, "Here's how we did it." The very specific steps outlined for development of each session make me feel I could do it - and I'd like to.

Barbara Kines, columnist The Parent Connection" Teaching K-8 magazine

We all know how crucial family involvement at home and in school is to a child's academic success, yet how do we achieve it? In More Than Bake Sales James Vopat details proven ways of increasing parent involvement as well as providing the resource materials you will need to get started. With illustrative examples from a variety of elementary and middle schools, the opportunities for family-school collaboration include:

- over two dozen curriculum-based parent workshops in writing, reading, family and community history, ecology, education standards, and computer technology;

- a tested model for developing parent-teacher leadership in which leadership is accomplished by doing, not talking about doing;

- practical and proven strategies any teacher can use to strengthen the home-school connection (how about starting your own Roving Parent Journal?);

- community-building activities that establish trust and improve communication with parents;

- accessible resource materials, including research articles, read-alouds, a list of helpful national organizations, and reproducible workshop formats.

More Than Bake Sales will help you increase parent involvement in your classroom and school in ways that support children's learning and academic success.

About the Author:

James Vopat, founder and director of the Milwaukee Writing Project, teaches writing and literature at Carroll College. He is co-author of What Makes Writing Good and author of The Parent Project. A workshop approach to parent-teacher collaboration, The Parent Project was cited in President Clinton's "America Reads" Challenge as one of six parents-as-first-teachers national models. An advocate for nave art, Jim has organized major exhibitions of children's writing, drawing, painting, and sculpture. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in curriculum development to Sri Lanka from 1993-96 and currently directs the Midwest Parent Leadership Project. In summers, Jim is a faculty member of the Walloon Institute in Petoskey, Michigan, where he leads workshops for progressive educators and parent leaders from around the country.

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