Home, School, and Community Relations

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Cengage Learning, Jan 9, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 696 pages
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HOME, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS: A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH FAMILIES, 7th Edition, is a comprehensive textbook designed to meet the needs of future and practicing teachers across all grade levels who are trying to create effective partnerships with families. It provides an overview of modern families and their complex roles to sensitize teachers to the diversity and needs of families they will encounter. The text fully discusses both the benefits of creating productive partnerships and the barriers beyond which teachers must work. Practical and effective communication strategies are described, with abundant examples. Emphasis is placed on current developments in the field of early childhood education, legislative mandates in education, and position statements from professional organizations. A discussion of No Child Left Behind and updated NAEYC Code of Ethics accreditation standards for programs and for teacher education supports this emphasis. Special features of the text include opportunities for student reflection on attitudes and implications for working with families; Student Activities for Further Study, which are designed to provide interesting activities and questions to apply to chapter material; scenarios, dialogs, and examples to illustrate all key principles and discussions; and extensive end-of-chapter review material including case studies, review questions, suggestions for further reading, references, and helpful websites.
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Carol Gestwicki was an instructor in the early childhood education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with families. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia (South West Africa). She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of the NAEYC for many years, including making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. She has been a Fellow in the Early Childhood Leadership Development Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has been associated with the T.E.A.C.H. Model/Mentor program. Her other publications include more than two dozen articles about child development and family issues and scripts and design for 14 audiovisual instructional programs. She has three other books on topics in early education published by Delmar Learning: Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, Fifth edition (2013); Essentials of Early Education (1997); and Authentic Childhood: Exploring Reggio Emilia in the Classroom (2002). Currently, she writes a regular column titled "Grandma Says" for Growing Child.

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