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Beyond the Bake Sale

A practical, hands-on primer on helping schools and families work better together to improve children's education.
Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. "Beyond the Bake Sale" shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work.
First published by the National Committee for Citizens in Education in 1986, "Beyond the Bake Sale" went on to sell more than 50,000 copies in nine editions. Packed with tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and an invaluable resource section, this updated and substantially expanded edition reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom.
Written with candor, clarity, and humor, "Beyond the Bake Sale" is essential reading for teachers, parents on the front lines in public schools, and administrators and policy makers at all levels.
Includes answers to these questions:
• What is a family-school partnership supposed to look like?
• How can schools and families build trust instead of blaming each other?
• How can involving parents help raise students' test scores?
• How can teachers relate to families who don't share their culture and values?
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Table of Contents

Contents Preface and Acknowledgments xi Section I Why Partnerships Are Important Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Bother to Read This Book? 1 Chapter 2 What Is a Family-School PartnershipSupposed to Look Like? 13 Section II Getting Started: Building the Relationship Chapter 3 Ready, Set, Go! How Do You Know if You'reReally Open to Partnership? 27 Chapter 4 Developing Relationships: How Can You BuildTrust Instead of Blaming Each Other? 47 Checklist: How Family-Friendly Is Your School? 75 Section III Guidelines for Action from Research Chapter 5 Linking to Learning: How Will Involving ParentsHelp Your Test Scores? 81 Checklist: How Closely Is Your School's Parent InvolvementProgram Linked to Student Learning? 108 Chapter 6 Addressing Differences: How Can You Deal withIssues of Race, Class, and Culture? 113 Checklist: How Well Is Your School Bridging Racial, Class,and Cultural Differences? 146 Chapter 7 Supporting Advocacy: How Can  Problem Parents"Become Partners You Can Work With? 151 Checklist: How Well Does Your School Support Parentsas Advocates? 182 Chapter 8 Sharing Power: Who's in Charge Here Anyway? 187 Checklist: How Well Is Your School Sharing Power andPracticing Democracy? 214 Chapter 9 Scaling Up: Why Can't All Schools in a DistrictCreate Strong Partnerships with Families? 219 Checklist: How Well Does Your District Support Family andCommunity Contents Engagement? 247 Section IV Resources and Tools Chapter 10 Help! Where Can You Find Useful Resourcesto Build Your Partnership? 251Chapter Topics 252Selected Resources 265Recommended Reading from the San Diego PALs 286 Chapter 11 Tools to Support Your Work: Where Do We Start? 289 1. Attitude Check 2912. Conference Checklist 2933. Developing a Code of Conduct 2944. District Policy on Family-School Partnership 2965. Family Involvement Coordinator Sample Job Description 2986. Family Welcome Questionnaire 3027. Homework Survey 3048. Needs Assessment Survey 3069. Parent Review 30710. Parent Volunteer Survey 30811. School Climate Survey 31112. Tips for Developing a School Family Involvement Policy 314 Selected Bibliography 320 Notes 324 Index 331

About the Author

Anne T. Henderson is a senior consultant with the Community Involvement Program, Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Dr. Vivian Johnson is the leading researcher on Parent/Family Centers in schools. She lives in Boston. Karen L. Mapp is a lecturer on education at Harvard and former Deputy Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement in Boston. Don Davies is the founder of the Institute for Responsive Education and Professor Emeritus at Boston University.


"Beyond the Bake Sale provides compelling, practical ways to collaborate in building the partnerships necessary to create a culture of learning and achievement. It will become the seminal reference for school districts and schools that are serious about family and community engagement." --Thomas W. Payzant, Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education "Beyond the Bake Sale emphatically reminds us that the missing ingredient in closing the gaps in achievement is heaping measures of community and family involvement. In this one-of-a-kind book, even the most savvy experts will find novel advice and useful tools, surveys, sample school policies, checklists, and strategies." --Wendy D. Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network, Washington, D.C. "This outstanding resource recognizes and builds upon assets that parents and communities bring in creating partnerships for children's school success--rich in examples that help schools acknowledge the cultural strengths of families, and their important contribution to teaching and learning." --Dr. Rosana G. Rodriguez, Director of Community and Public Engagement, Intercultural Development Research Association, Austin, Texas

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