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This comprehensive text helps prepare pre-service and in-service teachers to build and sustain family, school, and community partnerships that are vital to student success. Focusing on ages 0-14, and with a particular emphasis on diverse families and learners, this book helps teachers to overcome barriers, create action plans, and sustain partnerships over time.
- The chapters provide a contemporary, culturally relevant approach, helping teachers to devise strategies that celebrate cultural, linguistic, and academic diversity.
- Two case studies per chapter present multiple perspectives from teachers, students, and community members. Readers are asked to reflect upon the cases, analyze real-life situations, and apply chapter content to each case.
- Notes from the Classroom include reflections, voices, and strategies from classroom teachers that enhance the chapter content.
- 'How To' sections show how to develop an action plan or seek outside funding. Planning sheets are included to provide the sequence of specific steps.
Connections to the National Board Certification are featured throughout the text, outlining expectations relating to Collaboration in the Professional Community and Outreach to Family and Community. These will assist pre-service and in-service teachers in developing portfolios.
Amy Cox-Petersen (Ph.D. [Curriculum and Instruction; Science Education Specialization] University of Southern California) is Professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. Cox-Petersen received the Robert and Louise Lee Collaborative Award at Cal State Fullerton for her work with science professors across campus. She has written and received several grants related to service learning and collaborative partnerships with local schools and museums. Cox-Petersen has partnered with various organizations, schools, and interdisciplinary departments at Cal State Fullerton. As Science Education Specialist at the Natural History Museum of LA County, she helped to create partnerships within the educational community, with K-12 students and teachers, and with museum curators. As a public school teacher for 10 years, she collaborated with area businesses, universities, and parents. Cox-Petersen has published widely in leading education journals.