Home-school Relations: Working Successfully with Parents and Families

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2008 - Education - 394 pages
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Home-School Relations examines the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and provides educators practical advice for developing strong partnerships with their students' families. Supporting parents as full partners in education, this text stresses the need for educators to have positive working relationships with the students that they teach by understanding the families from which their students come. In addition to covering the traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication, Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delve further into the issues facing families today. Looking at the effects of poverty, advocacy, the role of fathers, domestic violence, bullying, school violence on families, the authors offer practical techniques that give educators the tools to cope with the many factors affecting their students. Integrating diversity (cultural, racial, religious and sexual orientation) throughout the text, Home-School Relations is the best text available to prepare educators for all the forms of diversity they will encounter in the field. practical examples of building good home-school partnerships and fostering parent involvement.

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Olsen is professor of medieval history at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He is widely published in ancient and medieval intellectual and ecclesiastical history, as well as in modern philosophy, theology, and political thought.

Mry Lou Fuller was born in Bryn Mawr, PA in 1929. Her studies included Creative Writing & Industrial Psychology. Her early career was in Personnel work in Philadelphia writing, producing & conducting supervisory & management training programs. She was married at 18 to a man who emotionally & sexually abused her. Her story & the seven women instrumental in her journey to recovery, is chronicled in her third book. On The Wings of a Unicom. While living in Fitzwilliam, NH in the 1960's, Fuller & her second husband owned & operated the 1796 Firzwilliam Inn. It is the subject of her first book, A Horse in the Ladies' Room, based on the humorous experiences of innkeeping in the historic Mt. Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. In 1980, Fuller re-located to Durham, NH & took a position at the University of New Hampshire as a business manager for student dining. In 1989, at the age of 60, Fuller deserted the security of her business career to pursue a life-long dream to write full time. A second book, Where Lame Donkeys Lie, traces three generations of her family's history triggered by discoveries made in a centuries-old heirloom desk inherited from her grandfather. p Fuller's latest work, Sisters by Heart - Partners in Aging: A Memoir of Two Women, is by far her most poignant, whimsical & revealing work yet. Mary Lou Fuller resides in Rochester, NH & has two grown children. In addition to her writing, she is a partner in KALM Publishing, Durham, NH.

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