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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Foreword. Preface. Introduction: My Journey into Family Involvement. 1. Why Family-School Partnerships? 2. Family-School Partnerships: Why Are They So Difficult to Create? 3. Improving Family-School Partnerships: Existing Possibilities. 4. Teacher Preparation for Family Involvement: Effective Strategies. 5. Improving Two-Way Communication: Valuable Directions. 6. Directions for Improving Family-School Partnerships: Action Steps. Epilogue. Appendix A: Parent Story: Angela and Timothy Sheffland. Appendix B: Creating Sharing Time Conversations: Parents and Teachers Work Together. Appendix C: Mooney's Instrument on Attitudes, Understandings, and Behaviors of Young Children's Reading Development. Appendix D, E, F, G: Sample of Teachers Scope and Sequence of Parent Involvement Activities. Appendix H: "What Does an Elementary Teacher Need to Know About Parent Involvement?" Appendix I: Developing Your Own "Scope and Sequence of Parent Involvement" Activities. Appendix J: Demographic School Profile. Appendix K: Demographic Classroom Profile. Appendix L: School District Student Enrollment Form. Appendix M: Student Move-In/Move-Out Information Form. Appendix N: Websites. Appendix O: Parent Involvement Questionnaire. Appendix P: Parent Profile and Plan of Action. Bookseller Inventory #

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Written in an eloquent and practical style, renown author and recognized national authority on family literacy, Patricia Edwards has carefully selected skills, strategies, and examples of family involvement that will empower educators to successfully implement family involvement initiatives. A timely publication on today's political climate with federal monies going into family literacy, Edwards has deliberately and painstakingly chosen research-based, school-tested ideas as the focus of this book.

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Written in an eloquent and practical style, renowned author and recognized national authority on family literacy, Patricia Edwards has carefully selected skills, strategies, and examples of family involvement that will empower educators to successfully implement family involvement initiatives. Patricia Edwards has culled out a critical path for educators to follow and helps them understand how to work with a wide-range of families. She fosters the confidence necessary to become partners with your students' first teachers—their families.

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  • Action steps for improving family-school partnership are outlined in Chapter 6, providing a scope and sequence of activities centered around the curriculum at each grade level that help parents to understand what kinds of things they can do to support their children's literacy development.
  • Presents a brief historical account of how family involvement was viewed in American culture. Discusses minority family needs (Ch. 3).
  • Autobiographies, developing family stories, and parenting stories of early literacy help prepare teachers for real-life work with families (Ch. 4).
  • “Chapter Goals for the Reader” summaries, “Introductory Scenarios,” “Chapter Overviews,” and “Chapter Outlines” in each chapter establish the context of the chapter and help focus students learning.
  • Unique! “Pause and Reflect Activities” presenting problems, questions, or issues for student reflection encourage active problem solving.
  • “ Suggestions for Thought Questions and Activities” in each chapter quiz the student's understanding of chapter content, while “Internet Activities” at the end of each chapter direct students to Internet information on specific topics/issues related to family involvement.
  • “For Further Reading” sections enable students to explore selected ideas on their own in greater depth and encourages students to integrate their knowledge of diverse family populations and the needs of their specific school setting to develop their own creative involvement initiatives.
  • Glossary at the end of the book includes key terms used in the book.
  • Appendices A through V list material students can use in thinking about and carrying out their own family-school partnerships.

“Children's Literacy Development: Making it Happen Through School, Family, and Community Involvement addresses a critical issue facing schools today. A text which can move educators forward in our thinking and practice in regard to parental involvement would be a welcomed addition to the field of education and educational reform.”
Andres J. Versage
Monte Vista Elementary School-California

“In a time of quick fixes for complex challenges, Patricia Edwards draws on her personal experiences, professional history, and down-to-earth wisdom to probe that deceptively simple phrase “family involvement”...Edwards provides educators with the knowledge and know-how to get to know their partners in education, the families of their students...As educators, we are in her debt.”
Anne Haas Dyson
Professor, Michigan State University

“Patricia Edwards¿ book has given us the action steps to move parent involvement from high rhetoric to high practice. Dr. Edwards has written a book that will change the way we prepare teachers. Her book is a must read for those in teacher education programs.”
Clifford T. Bennett, D. Ed
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Teacher Education, Cleveland State University

“This book promises to make a significant contribution to family literacy programs in public schools... she presents practical guidelines for involvement that takes educators and families beyond the "field trip chaperone" and "cookie mom" approach, to substantive, meaningful ways of engaging families in literacy and school life.”
Laura Klenk, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, University at Buffalo The State University of New York

“This volume will be a treasure to teacher educators as they work to prepare their students for effective classroom instruction for all students from all types of families...Children¿s Literacy Development meets a long-standing void in teacher preparation programs.”
Victoria Purcell-Gates, Ph.D.
Professor, Michigan State University

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Patricia A. Edwards, Professor of Language and Literacy and Senior Researcher at the National Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at Michigan State University is a recognized national authority on family literacy and the role of families in the learning-to-read-and-write process. She is the author of two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs--Parents as Partners in Reading: A Family Literacy Training Program (2 ed., 1993 Childrens Press), and Talking Your Way to Literacy: A Program to Help Nonreading Parents Prepare Their Children for Reading (Childrens Press, 1990). She is also the co-author with Heather M. Pleasants and Sarah H. Franklin of A Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to Parents (Heinemann, 1999).

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