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Nancy Chavkin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190642129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190642129.001.0001

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Taking Stock of Your School, Your Families, and Your Community

Taking Stock of Your School, Your Families, and Your Community

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Family Engagement in Schools

Nancy Feyl Chavkin

Oxford University Press

“Taking Stock of Your School, Your Families, and Your Community” introduces the planning model for working in the area of family engagement with schools. There are three parts to the Very Important Partnership (VIP) approach. These three parts are vision, involvement, and planning. This chapter focuses on “taking stock” of your families, schools, and community before you develop your vision and plan your activities. The approach is similar to a traditional needs assessment, but the emphasis is on identifying assets. Using a strengths perspective, the goal is to understand not only what is needed in the school, but also what is working well. The first step is to involve the right people and get a commitment to collaborate. If you begin to build trust, it will be easier to gather information and “take stock.” If you can identify strengths, you can then use those strengths to overcome challenges.

Keywords:   needs assessment, taking stock, identifying assets, strengths perspective, vision, involvement, planning

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