ABSTRACT

This fifth edition stressed the importance of teachers and schools collaborating with parents instead of the former focus on schools telling parents what to do to help their child. A new section in the sixth edition addresses the importance of understanding students who live in poverty and with an incarcerated parent. Community volunteers can be trained to become effective tutors in schools and in after-school programs. The chapter describes ways classroom teachers can collaborate with other educational professionals in their building to make literacy growth a goal for the entire school. Teachers can effectively communicate with parents on a daily basis, as well as on special occasions through letters, class websites, happy grams, parent–teacher–student conferences, and technology nights, which are described in detail.