How often do you hear, "The only parents who showed were the parents who didn't need to be here." But how often do you consider time of day, lack of child care, cost of dinner, transportation, lan guage of the presentation, even relevance of the topic-all real-world barriers for families of our historically underserved students. Here at last is a resource that will open up access and reveal all-new ways to forge more culturally inclusive partnerships with families and communities . . . partnerships that extend well beyond parent-teacher conferences, PTA meetings, and the occasional bake sale. The two big services Equity Partnerships provides? Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency, you'llDiscover new concepts and strategies to engage families and communities-and reduce, if not eliminate, barriers--through four essential principles: communication, connection, collaboration, and community Engage in frequent opportunities to reflect on your own assumptions and values, then collaborate with colleagues to co-create systemic practices and policies for devising, implementing, and assessing family and community engagement actions in your schools and districts We know inherently that family and community engagement is critical to the success of our stu dents. Let Equity Partnerships be your go-to tool for breaking down the walls that for too long have limited all of us."Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility and privilege. These authors have been first responders for decades by pro moting Cultural Proficiency as a means to ensure equity and access for all. In Equity Partnerships, they identify the powerful and critical link of family, school, and community engage ment to strengthen families, build community support, and increase student success." --TRUDY ARRIAGA, Associate Dean for Equity and Outreach, California Lutheran University, and Coauthor of Opening Doors
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