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Engage Every Family
Five Simple Principles

Second Edition (Revised Edition)


September 2020 | 280 pages | Corwin

New and Improved - Revisit Five Simple Principles and Engage With Every Family

Why haven’t we been more successful in engaging every family in the educational lives of their children? Why do we still struggle with the notion of engaging every family as a conduit to improved student learning?

This book outlines a pathway and process to engage every family, including those families that have been traditionally disengaged or disenfranchised. Updates to this second edition include updated research to ensure a firmer foundation for each of its five simple principles as well as:

   - Reflections about implicit bias, equitable learning outcomes, and the role family engagement plays
   - A deeper dive into the idea of family efficacy, or empowering families to work alongside teachers for improved learning
   - A nuanced switch from building to developing relationships, and how trust is at the core of that subtle difference

Join Dr. Steve Constantino as he shares what he has learned and how he has improved the Five Simple Principles for family engagement and its powerful effects upon student achievement.

 

 

 



 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Publisher’s Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Chapter 1: Would Every Family Choose You?
Customers Make Paydays Possible

 
Every Opportunity Is a Marketing Opportunity

 
Some Ideas to Get Started

 
Reality, Perceptions, and Beliefs

 
Finally, the Secret to Success!

 
The Importance of Caring

 
The Importance of Process

 
The Need for Leadership

 
 
Chapter 2: A Quick Note About Motivating Teachers
Three Kinds of Teachers: A Slightly Humorous Look

 
Can I Get a Copy of That?

 
My Dumb Idea

 
 
Chapter 3: Equity, Bias, and Family Disengagement
Isn’t Forever Long Enough?

 
What Is Equity?

 
Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

 
Implicit Bias

 
Why Do Families Disengage?

 
The Cycle of Disengagement

 
Why Some Families Stay Away From Schools

 
The Very Few

 
Case Study: Ernest B.

 
 
Chapter 4: Engaging Every Family in Middle and High School
Why Do Families Disengage From Secondary Schools?

 
Academic Socialization and Home-Based Engagement

 
Designing Family Engagement at the Secondary School Level

 
 
Chapter 5: An Introduction to the Five Simple Principles
Where to Start

 
Introducing the Five Simple Principles

 
The Logic Model

 
The Five Simple Principles Further Defined

 
 
Chapter 6: Principle #1: A Culture that Engages Every Family
Culture Drives Everything

 
Cultures and Subcultures

 
Cultural Challenges

 
Breaking the Cycle

 
School Culture Defined

 
School District Inconsistency with Families

 
Start With Policy

 
Culture Case Study: The Science Project

 
Creating a Culture to Engage Every Family

 
 
Chapter 7: Principle #2: Communicate Effectively and Develop Relationships
It’s the Little Things

 
Case Study: I Know What They Think of Me

 
Understanding the Importance of Relationships

 
With Families

 
Working With the “Hard to Reach”

 
Home Visits

 
Working With Families With Limited English Proficiency

 
Engaging With Families of Children With Special Needs

 
Case Study: Jonathan and the Self-Contained English Class

 
The Role of Fear and Trust in Relationships With Families

 
Case Studies: What Could Have Been Done Differently?

 
Ideas to Promote Trusting Relationships Between Schools and Every Family

 
The Welcoming Environment of Schools

 
Customer Service

 
Welcoming Every Family

 
Issues and Solutions in Communicating With Families

 
Connecting Communication and Relationships With Technology

 
Communicate Effectively and Build Relationships

 
 
Chapter 8: Principle #3: Build Family Efficacy
What Is Efficacy?

 
The Weekly Folder

 
Creating the Transparent School

 
Case Study: Class Isn’t the Same Without You

 
Family–Student–Teacher Conferences

 
Do We Need to Interact With Every Family?

 
What Motivates Families?

 
Interactive Homework Design: Invisible Engagement

 
Sharing Data With Families

 
Case Study: Trying to Talk to the Math Teacher

 
Case Study: Teaching Responsibility?

 
A Critical Component of Inviting Family Participation

 
Building Successful Relationships That Promote Family Efficacy

 
 
Chapter 9: Principle #4: Engage Every Family In Decision Making
Problems and Solutions

 
Where We Are Today

 
Let Every Family Have a Say

 
A Working Definition

 
How to Select Families

 
Getting Back to the Tip of the Spear

 
Case Study: The Uniform Policy

 
 
Chapter 10: Principle #5: Engage The Greater Community
The Power of Community

 
Social Capital and Modern School–Community Partnerships

 
Community Schools and Asset Mapping

 
The Advantages of Community Schools

 
The Start of an Asset Map

 
The Idea of Collective Impact

 
How Community Connections Can Help

 
The Necessary Ingredients for Successful Community Engagement

 
The Benefits of Engaging the Community

 
Additional Benefits of School–Community Partnerships

 
Designing Community Engagement

 
 
Chapter 11: Taking Action And Measuring Success
Start with Data

 
Goal Statements

 
Now It’s Your Turn

 
Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles

 
 
Epilogue: Exceeding Expectations
Two Huge Questions

 
 
References
 
Index

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