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Family Engagement in SchoolsStrategies for School Social Workers and Educators$
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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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Next Steps

Next Steps

Developing Family and School Leadership for Capacity and Sustainability

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Family Engagement in Schools

Nancy Feyl Chavkin

Oxford University Press

“Next Steps: Developing Family and School Leadership for Capacity and Sustainability” reviews the Very Important Partnership (VIP) model and the 3 C’s (connecting, communicating, and collaborating) approach for developing family engagement with schools. This chapter posits that there is a need to reframe the vision of family engagement with schools to a strengths-based vision of families that truly engages families as leaders in working with their children’s education. This strengths-based vision is only going to happen if families and schools develop social trust in family-teacher relationships, embrace a partnership philosophy, and allow families to have decision-making power. The Dual Capacity-Building Framework can be helpful in increasing capacity and planning for sustainability. It is essential to build family leadership and develop plans for sustainability through policy, writing, media, and grant writing. The chapter concludes with examples and tools.

Keywords:   family leadership, decision-making, capacity, sustainability, policy, writing, grant

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