This week, Scholastic Professional announced the release of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success by Dr. Karen L. Mapp, Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, and Boston, MA educators Ilene Carver and Jessica Lander.
This new title, available just in time for educators heading back to school this fall, highlights the critical need for engagement between schools and families for lasting student success and urges K–12 educators to evaluate their own core values and develop the mindset necessary for fostering respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with families to support student learning.
Readers are guided through important steps for engaging families in their children’s learning, including, examining core beliefs, harnessing the power of partnerships, welcoming and connecting with families, transforming family conferences and IEP meetings, maintaining relationships with families throughout the year, and supporting this work with family-friendly resources. Powerful Partnerships also incorporates educator and parent stories and examples from Ilene and Jessica’s own classrooms.
The book also offers access to an online resource bank that can be used for planning professional learning opportunities for educators and family engagement events throughout the school year.
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone for participating!
Educators, we want to hear about the powerful partnerships you are creating for your classroom! We’re giving away one copy of Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success and one ready-to-use Scholastic Literacy Event kit designed to engage and empower families to support their children’s academic achievement. The kit features interactive activities with practices and strategies that maximize reading and writing success.
To enter, leave us a comment below responding to the following question: How do you plan to foster powerful partnerships in your classroom this year?
One entry per person. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, August 25, 2017. U.S. residents, 18 and over, please. See the complete legal rules here.