Chapter 1: A Comprehensive Framework

This chapter includes three articles summarizing the theory, research, and practical approaches that will help edu- cators develop and sustain excellent programs of school, family, and community partnerships at all school levels.

  • The first article describes the framework of six types of involvement, identifies challenges that must be met to engage all families, and provides results of well-implemented programs of school, family, and community partnerships. It discusses an action team approach for developing comprehensive partner- ship programs.

  • The second article presents an overview of how connections with the community can be organized in comprehensive partnership programs. It discusses the benefits that occur when home, school, and com- munity work together to support student learning and development.

  • The third article summarizes research on the results of family and community involvement on student academic and behavioral outcomes. Goal-linked partnerships may improve results for students in read- ing, math, science, attendance, behavior, and other important indicators of student success in school.

Read Chapter 1 to gain a good background on the research that guides the work on partnership program development throughout this Handbook.

No slides or activities from this chapter are on the Handbook  CD.

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