School leaders are increasingly called upon to pursue meaningful partnerships with families and community groups, yet many leaders are unprepared to meet the challenges of partnerships, to cross cultural boundaries, or to be accountable to the community. Alliances are needed among educators, families, and community groups that value relationship building, dialogue, and power-sharing as part of socially just, democratic schools. This book brings together research perspectives that intersect the fields of leadership and partnerships to inform and inspire more authentic collaboration.

Contributors from the fields of educational leadership, family engagement, school-community partnerships, and education for social justice come together to examine the role of educational leaders in promoting partnerships as a dimension of leadership for social justice. The volume offers a mix of empirical, conceptual, and reflective chapters with research representing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches in urban, suburban, and rural schools. The chapter, "Conversations with Community-Oriented Leaders," includes candid advice from district and school-level administrators on this under-documented aspect of leadership. Situating leadership for partnerships within the leadership literature, this book proposes a model for addressing tensions embedded in home-school relations and leading schools toward more authentic relationships with stakeholders. This collection of original scholarly articles will be a unique resource for new and aspiring administrators and for researchers in both the fields of leadership and school-family-community partnerships.

part |51 pages

Leadership for Partnerships

chapter |7 pages


Why Leadership for Partnerships?
BySusan Auerbach

chapter |19 pages

Edging In

Locating a Focus on School-Family-Community Partnerships within the Scholarship of Educational Leadership
ByCarolyn Riehl

chapter |23 pages

Conceptualizing Leadership for Authentic Partnerships

A Continuum to Inspire Practice
BySusan Auerbach

part |62 pages

Leading Partnerships across Difference

chapter |23 pages

Enlisting Collective Help

Urban Principals' Encouragement of Parent Participation in School Decision-Making
ByJohn Rogers, Rhoda Freelon, Veronica Terriquez

chapter |20 pages

Advocacy-Based Partnerships, Special Education, and African American Families

Resisting the Politics of Containment
ByApril Ruffin-Adams, Camille M. Wilson

chapter |17 pages

Authentic Engagement with Bicultural Parents and Communities

The Role of School Leaders
ByEdward M. Olivos

part |78 pages

Leading Partnerships through Policy and Program Development

chapter |16 pages

Policy Aspirations and Dilemmas of Implementation

Leadership for Partnerships in Ontario, Canada
ByJoseph Flessa, Hélène Grégoire

chapter |18 pages

Creating Organizational Cultures of Family and Community Engagement

The Impact of District Policies and Practices on School Leaders
ByMolly F. Gordon

chapter |22 pages

Parents as Action Learners and Leaders

Lessons for Administrators in Working with Families and Intermediary Organizations
ByJanet H. Chrispeels

chapter |20 pages

Supporting Teacher Leadership for Partnerships

A Case Study of the School-Community Partnership Process
ByCatherine M. Hands

part |60 pages

New Contexts and Challenges in Leadership for Partnerships

chapter |18 pages

Target, Strategic Partner, Critical Friend?

Relationships between School Leaders and Community Organizing Groups
BySara McAlister, Heinrich Mintrop, Seenae Chong, Michelle Renée

chapter |20 pages

Dynamics Of Parent Involvement In Urban Charter Schools

Parents' Perceptions, Principals' Expectations, and Student Achievement
ByMarc L. Stein, Ellen Goldring, Claire Smrekar

chapter |15 pages

Conversations With Community-Oriented Educational Leaders

BySusan Auerbach

chapter |5 pages


BySusan Auerbach