The "The authors are to be commended for their invaluable guide to theoretically-sound and empirically-supported family-school partnering. This is an exceptional resource for school psychologists, counselors, and social workers to foster family-school partnering in elementary and secondary schools."---Sandra L. Christenson. PhD, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Minnesota
"This is an exceptionally well-written book that presents a comprehensive and practical approach to family-school partnerships. I wish that this book had been available to me as a student. It will be required reading for all my students."---Jon Lasser. PhD, Associate Professor, Texas State University-San Marcos
"In this highly significant and comprehensive resource, the authors offer a unique, cutting-edge approach to family-school partnerships within a tiered framework. I cannot imagine a more important book for school professionals concerned with promoting success for all students."---Susan Sheridan, PhD, George Holmes University Professor of Educational Psychology
Family-School Partnering (FSP) is a multi-dimensional process in which schools. families, and communities engage in shared actions to ensure a child's academic, social, and emotional success. With this text, the authors offer a practical guide that demonstrates how this partnering can be strategically implemented in all levels of schooling. They explain the legal and research rationale for partnering and provide theoretical, systemic, and cultural context for the philosophical partnering foundation. Descriptions of staff and family responsibilities are given, followed by a description of data-driven planning for sustainable system change using a simple action planning cycle. Evidence-based programs are briefly reviewed to demonstrate lessons from the field, and a working FSP school is described in detail to provide a practical, real world example. Each chapter includes sample forms, training materials, and data collection tools that readers can use or adapt to their own needs to efficently implement FSP in their schools. These useful resources, with several adaptable slide presentations, are also included on an accompanying CD.