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Families and Educators as Partners: Issues and Challenges, 2nd Edition

  • Robert E. Rockwell
  • Lynda C. Andre
  • Mary K. Hawley
  • ISBN-10: 1428318283
  • ISBN-13: 9781428318281
  • 416 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 1996
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS AS PARTNERS: ISSUES AND CHALLENGES, 2nd Edition, presents multiple strategies and techniques for building family involvement in schools, and helps students discern which to employ in the various educational settings they will encounter. Written with both public and private education in mind, this text includes many helpful features, including chapter-by-chapter student learning outcomes; boldface key terms; practical, experience-based examples; questions for discussion, expansion, and application; case studies; and website resources.


  • Present students with multiple strategies and techniques for building parental involvement in schools, differentiating the various approaches, and helping them choose the right approach and timing for the issue at hand.

  • Focus on the specific challenges students will face when implementing parent and family involvement strategies.

  • Help students prepare for better communication with parents and families in their future careers as education professionals.

  • Identify support systems for parent and family involvement.

  • Give students a text with helpful study features, such as learning outcomes, boldface key terms, practical examples, questions for discussion, case studies, and website resources.


"…provides great detail and information that is pertinent to so much of what is occurring in today's culture and society."
— Mary Browne, South Dakota State University

About the Author

Robert E. Rockwell

Bob Rockwell is professor emeritus and former director of the early childhood education program at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He also has worked as a speech pathologist, a teacher for the hearing impaired, and an administrator, as well as a consultant for the University of Chicago and Project Head Start. A prolific writer, Rockwell's books include NUTRITION AND THE YOUNG CHILD; PARTNERING WITH PARENTS: EASY PROGRAMS TO INVOLVE PARENTS IN THE EARLY LEARNING PROCESS; and others in circulation throughout the world. In addition to writing, he gives workshops and keynote presentations, and has been internationally recognized for his contributions to science, early literacy, family involvement, and nutrition.

Lynda C. Andre

Lynda Andre has worked extensively with young children and parents for the past 20 years. An early childhood teacher with experience in preschool through third grade, she serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum for the Edwardsville Community Unit School District. Dr. Andre has taught parent involvement classes at Southern Illinois University and is a grant writer for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. She received her doctorate and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and her B.S. in child development from Western Illinois University. She is completing post-doctoral coursework toward acquisition of the Illinois Superintendent Endorsement.

Mary K. Hawley

Mary Hawley has more than 20 years experience teaching early childhood special education, preschool, primary grades, and middle school in both rural and urban settings. She also has taught education courses at Blackburn College, and a variety of parenting classes. Working with the University of Illinois Extension for eight years, she was the director of STARnet Region IV, a project of the Illinois State Board of Education offering resources, support, training and consultation to professionals and families of children with special needs. She is teaching in an inclusive preschool program with Alton Public Schools. Mary Hawley received her master's degree in early childhood special education from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University.

Table of Contents

1. Why Family Involvement?
2. Special Considerations in Partnering with Families.
3. Working with Families from Diverse Cultures.
4. Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs.
5. Written Correspondence.
6. Verbal Communications.
7. Home Visits.
8. Parent Group Meetings.
9. Parent/Teacher Conferences.
10. Parent and Community Volunteers.
11. Parents as Decision Makers: Empowerment in Process.
12. Utilizing Community Networks and Collaborations: Linking Education and Human Services for Family Support.

New to this edition

  • Major updates to all information, research, and references reflect recent research and findings.
  • References to the accompanying Professional Enhancement Text make this guide more effective for on-the-job use.