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Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein, and Agnes Bain
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About the Authors
How can we make it easier for schools and families to work together on behalf of all students? It all begins by tapping into the different strengths educators and parents and caregivers can contribute to building a strong partnership.
Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions, by Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein, and Agnes Bain of the Right Question Institute, presents a deceptively simple strategy for how educators can build effective partnerships with parents—especially those who typically have not been actively involved in their children's schooling. It distills complex, important ideas on effective civic participation into an easy-to-learn process that teaches parents two fundamental skills they can use to support the education of their children, monitor their progress, and advocate for them: asking better questions and participating effectively in key decisions.
Based on more than two decades of work and research in a wide range of low- and moderate-income communities, this book empowers overburdened and under-resourced educators and parents to work together and achieve their common goal of successful students.
This indispensable guide includes case studies spanning K–12 classrooms, and it explores ways to assist struggling students, collaborate on IEPs, and communicate with families of English language learners.
The accessible and easy-to-use format, field-tested advice, and vivid examples from schools that put the advice into practice make this a must-have for everyone from the classroom to the central office.
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LUZ SANTANA is the codirector and one of the founders of the Right Question Institute. She is a nationally recognized educational innovator, facilitator, and keynote speaker in English and Spanish who has designed a wide range of participatory learning curricula in many fields, including parent involvement, adult education, social services, health care, immigrant advocacy, neighborhood organizing, and voter engagement. Read more
DAN ROTHSTEIN is the codirector and one of the founders of the Right Question Institute. He is a former National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow and earned a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education before becoming the director of neighborhood planning in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He has helped create curricula, teaching materials, articles, and books that are widely used to support adoption of the Right Question Strategy. Read more
AGNES BAIN is one of the founders of the Right Question Institute. She has helped develop the institute's original concept of microdemocracy and has contributed to innovative teaching materials and resources for promoting greater citizen participation on all levels of a democratic society. She is a professor of government at Suffolk University where she has taught courses on community advocacy and topics in democracy. Read more
diverse classrooms and schools | family and community involvement | school climate and culture | school and district management | teacher leadership
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