chapter  1
21 Pages

Introduction

ByJoyce L. Epstein

This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book aims to add an understanding of school, family, and community partnerships to the education and training of teachers, administrators, counselors, and professionals in related fields, and include this knowledge in the definition of what it means to be professional. It also aims to promote respect, trust, appreciation, and collaboration between and among all adults who influence children's lives and learning. The book enables educators to apply their knowledge to develop effective programs of partnership in their schools and classrooms. It supports the integration of school, family, and community partnerships in broader programs of school improvement, giving explicit attention to improving practices of involvement. The book encourages research on the simultaneous influences of home, school, and community contexts on children's learning and development.