Examining: It Takes a Village: Building School, Family & Community Partnerships

Examining: It Takes a Village: Building School, Family & Community Partnerships

Nov 30th

The research is clear. Parental involvement is the number one predictor of student achievement. Knowing this, we, as educators, must make every effort to create partnerships with parents, families and community resources. A number of states already require schools to have parental involvement programs. While there is currently no mandate in Iowa, the climate clearly encourages partnership initiatives on the part of districts, schools and teachers.

This 3 credit class is built upon School, Family, and Community Partnerships (2011), the seminal work of Joyce L. Epstein. Epstein is a principle research scientist and research professor of sociology at John Hopkins University and director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools. By investigating the six different types of involvement, discussing the benefits and challenges associated with each, and examining examples and strategies that you can implement, the course is designed to give you a research-based framework for establishing school-family-community partnerships, the tools to increase involvement on a classroom level, and the foundation to establish school-wide programs that benefit everyone.

Required Text:
School, Family, and Community Partnerships (2011) by Joyce L. Epstein.

Due to page and format differences between hard copies and electronic copies of the book, the Kindle version is NOT recommended.

This class is available for License Renewal, Graduate, Paraeducator or Audit credit.