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Home, School, and Community Relations 9th Edition

Carol Gestwicki

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Overview

This practical, indispensable guide for home-school-community collaborations is ideal for teachers and administrators who want to create effective, culturally competent partnerships with diverse families, and for future teachers preparing for their careers. HOME, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, 9th Edition provides an overview of modern families and their complex roles and beliefs to sensitize teachers to the diversity and needs of families they will encounter, including multilingual, multiethnic, multigenerational, and gender-diverse families from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Abundant examples clarify the practical and effective communication strategies.

Carol Gestwicki, Central Piedmont College

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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  • The book provides guidance for readers of all levels, from beginning students to experienced professionals.
  • The book presents strong coverage of diversity topics, in part through Cultural Consideration features that present practical guidelines for working respectfully with families of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, including multilingual, multiethnic, multigenerational, and gender-diverse families.
  • Ideas for Teachers are boxes (many of them Digital Downloads) that contain practical considerations and concrete tips for students and professionals.
  • A list identifies books (for both children and adults) that are appropriate for important issues, such as family diversity, divorce and stepparenting, living with children with special needs, child abuse, and adoption.
  • An exercise titled Apply the Concepts: Case in Point, encourages the application of particular concepts to classroom practice and teacher experience. Questions may be used for individual thought and group discussion. In addition, most chapters include realistic scenarios that illustrate interaction and attitudes of teachers and parents.
  • Each chapter's Student Activities for Further Study provide interesting activities and questions that allow students to apply what they have learned.

Home, School, and Community Relations

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface.
Section I: INTRODUCTION TO FAMILIES.
1. A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience.
2. Families Today.
3. Parenting.
Section II: TEACHER-FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS IN EARLY EDUCATION.
4. What Is Family Involvement?
5. Benefits and Barriers in Teacher-Family Partnerships.
6. Foundations of a Successful Partnership.
Section III: METHODS FOR DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS.
7. Good Beginnings with Parents and Children.
8. Informal Communication with Families.
9. Parent-Teacher Conferences.
10. Families in the Classroom.
11. Parent Education.
12. It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities.
Section IV: MAKING A PARTNERSHIP WORK.
13. Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds.
14. Working with Families in Particular Circumstances.
15. Working to Resolve Challenging Attitudes and Behaviors.
Appendix: Home Visits to Families and Children.
Glossary.
References.
Index.

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

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An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

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