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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Part I: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES. 1. Why Parent Involvement? 2. Special Considerations in Partnering with Families. 3. Working with Families from Diverse Cultures. 4. Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs. Part II: COMMUNICATION. 5. Written Correspondence. 6. Verbal Communications. 7. Home Visits. 8. Parent Group Meetings. 9. Parent/Teacher Conferences. Part III: SUPPORT. 10. Parent and Community Volunteers. 11. Parents as Decision Makers: Empowerment in Process. 12. Utilizing Community Networks and Collaborations: Linking Education and Human Services for Family Support. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: With a wealth of new information from family involvement in education, this updated new second edition of Families and Educators as Partners: Issues and Challenges, 2nd Edition is a readable and practical text. It provides future and current teachers, administrators, school personnel and parents with background information as well as strategies that they need to plan and implement a successful family involvement program in preschool and elementary environments.

About the Author: Bob Rockwell is professor emeritus and former director of the early childhood education program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He also has worked as a speech pathologist, a teacher for the hearing impaired, and an administrator, as well as a consultant for the University of Chicago and Project Head Start. A prolific writer, Rockwell's books include NUTRITION AND THE YOUNG CHILD; PARTNERING WITH PARENTS: EASY PROGRAMS TO INVOLVE PARENTS IN THE EARLY LEARNING PROCESS; and others in circulation throughout the world. In addition to writing, he gives workshops and keynote presentations, and has been internationally recognized for his contributions to science, early literacy, family involvement, and nutrition.

Lynda Andre has worked extensively with young children and parents for the past 20 years. An early childhood teacher with experience in preschool through third grade, she serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum for the Edwardsville Community Unit School District. Dr. Andre has taught parent involvement classes at Southern Illinois University and is a grant writer for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. She received her doctorate and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and her B.S. in child development from Western Illinois University. She is completing post-doctoral coursework toward acquisition of the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement.

Mary Hawley has more than 20 years experience teaching early childhood special education, preschool, primary grades, and middle school in both rural and urban settings. She also has taught education courses at Blackburn College, and a variety of parenting classes. Working with the University of Illinois Extension for eight years, she was the director of STARnet Region IV, a project of the Illinois State Board of Education offering resources, support, training and consultation to professionals and families of children with special needs. She is teaching in an inclusive preschool program with Alton Public Schools. Mary Hawley received her master's degree in early childhood special education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University.

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