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Family Engagement Summer Reading List

By Michele Molnar — July 11, 2012 2 min read
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Have the children in your family or neighborhood started on their summer reading lists?

Have you started on yours?

Education Week’s K-12 Parents & The Public asked a sampling of parents and parent-engagement experts to weigh in on what they’re reading—or what they think parents and community members should be reading—this summer to educate themselves about improving their local schools.

Thanks to a highly cooperative group, we were able to compile a long list of recommended reading:

From Myrdin Thompson, regional director for the Central States of the National Family Engagement Alliance, and a White House Champion of Change for education, this is her own (partial!) reading list:

A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform
By Mark Warren and Karen Mapp

Thompson writes: “While this book is specific to school reform, it is also great for advocates looking to connect their community around any issue.”

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships
By Anne Henderson, Editor

Mobilizing the Community to Help Students Succeed
By Hugh Price

School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition
By Joyce Epstein, et. al.

The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education)
By Linda Darling-Hammond

Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It
By Russell Rumberger

From Karen L. Mapp, a lecturer on education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and presenter in Education Week’s recent webinar, “Engaging Parents in Schools and Student Learning”:

A Cord of Three Strands: A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools
By Soo Hong

The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other
By Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

From Larry Ferlazzo, who wrote the book for educators, Building Parent Engagement in Schools, and who writes the Education Week blog, Classroom Q and A with Larry Ferlazzo:

101 Ways to Create Real Family Engagement
By Steven Constantino

From Hilary Frambes, who represented Ohio in Parenting Magazine’s 2011 Mom Congress:

Why Our Schools Need the Arts
By Jessica Hoffmann Davis

From Yolanda Gordon, the South Carolina delegate to the Mom Congress in 2010:

Everyday Engagement: Making Students and Parents Your Partners in Learning
By Katy Ridnouer

Do you have anything to add to this list? Or, any feedback about the books recommended?

A version of this news article first appeared in the K-12 Parents and the Public blog.