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Empowering Families

Empowering Families Author Judy Bradbury
ISBN-10 9781317622536
Release 2015-04-24
Pages 226
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The home–school connection is important to student literacy achievement. However, it can be time-consuming to develop and implement programming that keeps families engaged and involved. Empowering Families makes it easier to accomplish these goals! Chock-full of step-by-step plans for arranging a variety of parent/caregiver meetings and literacy booster events, the book enables educators to get families involved in their children’s learning in ways that are fun and non-intimidating. By hosting these events at your school, you’ll be empowering families to... read aloud to their children at home; minimize the summer slide; encourage male involvement in literacy; help their children avoid homework hassles; and much, much more! Bonus: The book includes ready-to-use handouts for your events, such as announcement sheets, follow-up evaluations, and tipsheets that describe ways parents can reinforce literacy at home. These handouts are photocopiable and the tipsheets are also available for easy download from our website at www.routledge.com/9781138803114. Spanish versions of the tipsheets are available on our website as well.



Getting Parents on Board

Getting Parents on Board Author Alisa Hindin
ISBN-10 9781317331469
Release 2016-02-05
Pages 180
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Learn how to work more effectively with K–5 parents to increase student achievement in math and literacy. Research shows that parent involvement in schools leads to higher test scores and more engaged and enthusiastic students, but it isn’t always easy for teachers to bridge the gap between the home and the school. This insightful book provides helpful, research-based strategies to foster meaningful home–school partnerships and overcome the challenges teachers often face when trying to build relationships with parents. You’ll learn new ways to: Promote parent involvement at home and school; Share specific math and literacy strategies with parents to reinforce children’s learning; Plan and organize effective parent conferences that foster true dialogue about a child’s education; Communicate with parents about what you’re teaching and how you’re teaching it, so they can actively contribute to their child’s learning at home; Develop family nights and workshops to get parents involved in learning at school; Recommend games, activities, and projects that parents can use at home to help their children practice math and literacy skills; And much more! Each chapter is full of practical tools such as Common Core-aligned strategies, useful resources for parents, and sample parent letters that you can use to increase and improve your home–school communications. Bonus: Additional parent letters on a variety of topics are available on our website, www.routledge.com/ 9781138998698, to help you keep parents connected throughout the year.



Powerful Parent Partnerships

Powerful Parent Partnerships Author Robert Dillon
ISBN-10 9781351186094
Release 2018-08-20
Pages 110
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It is essential that we work together to craft powerful parent-teacher partnerships that meet the needs of today’s students and schools. In this important new book, authors Robert Dillon and Melissa Nixon show you how to build stable and supportive relationships with teachers so that the needs of your child are always met. They also offer strategies for staying involved in the school community at large. Loaded with practical takeaways and sample stories, this book will help you: Clearly communicate your child’s educational goals; Make connections with other schools and school districts to build community and broaden your range of resources; Hold teachers and administrators accountable without alienating them; Develop communication strategies to address difficult topics like underperformance and misbehavior; Show compassion and gratitude; And more! With the practical suggestions in this book, you’ll be able to rekindle more engagement and excitement into your child’s learning at school and at home.



Making Words REAL

Making Words REAL Author Joanne Billingsley
ISBN-10 9781317367949
Release 2015-12-07
Pages 138
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Learn how to tap into the power of imagery, communication, and collaboration to make vocabulary building fun and meaningful! Research has proven that students with a larger, more nuanced vocabulary become more proficient readers, writers, critical thinkers, and learners, making them more likely to succeed in academic environments. In this new book from Joanne M. Billingsley, an award-winning teacher and educational consultant, you will discover how to help your K-12 students expand their academic vocabulary across the content areas. Topics include: Using card sorts and video trailers to make vocabulary-building interactive; Expanding your teaching strategies to support ELLs and early readers; Building students’ word knowledge through emblematic and iconic gestures; Writing and asking scaffolded questions to get all students engaged with academic vocabulary; And much, much more! The book also features sample teacher-to-student dialogues to demonstrate how to talk about words, as well as games and activities that motivate students and help word meanings stick. No matter what subject area you teach, your students will benefit from the exciting and powerful strategies in this book.



Teaching ELLs to Read

Teaching ELLs to Read Author Paul Boyd-Batstone
ISBN-10 9781317702016
Release 2015-04-10
Pages 162
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In this essential book from ELL-expert Paul Boyd-Batstone, you’ll find out how to teach reading while keeping in mind the unique needs of English language learners. You’ll learn best practices and differentiated strategies for each domain of the Common Core Foundational Reading Skills, including print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency. Topics covered include: Ideas for using contextual support to help ELLs climb the staircase of complexity; How to teach print concepts, such as noting word separation and using punctuation; Strategies for teaching phonological awareness, including distinguishing vowel sounds and blending sounds; Ways to teach phonics and word recognition using informational and literary texts; and Exemplary ideas for teaching fluency, such as through poetry, drama, and digital media. The book is filled with ready-to-use activities and complete lesson plans that address selected CCSS performance tasks at each grade level. These lesson plans demonstrate how to differentiate instruction based on your ELLs’ reading level. The book also includes performance-level descriptors, rubrics, and templates, available for free download from our website at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138017696.



The Read Aloud Scaffold

The Read Aloud Scaffold Author Judy Bradbury
ISBN-10 9781598846843
Release 2011-08-30
Pages 180
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• Detailed read-aloud plans created for trade books that scaffold learning across the curriculum in grades Pre-K–3 • Cites over 700 recently published children's trade books with annotations that correspond to content areas • Contains selections addressing a wide range of topics, including school and family matters, community, friendship, prejudice, and civil rights, as well as books containing funny stories, tall tales, nursery rhymes, and mysteries • Subject, title, and author indexes • Children's poetry anthologies to further scaffold learning in grades Pre-K–3 • Listings of wordless books and first-chapter books



Your First Year

Your First Year Author Todd Whitaker
ISBN-10 9781317296850
Release 2016-04-28
Pages 134
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Learn all the essentials for making your first year of teaching a success! In this exciting new book, internationally renowned educator Todd Whitaker teams up with his daughters--Madeline, an elementary teacher, and Katherine, a secondary teacher--to share advice and inspiration. They offer step-by-step guidance to thriving in your new role and overcoming the challenges that many new teachers face. Topics include: Learning classroom management skills such as building relationships and maintaining high expectations and consistency Setting up your classroom and establishing procedures and rules Planning effective lessons and making your instructional time an engaging experience Managing your own emotions in the classroom and dealing effectively with misbehavior Working with peers, administrators, and parents to build support and foster collaboration The book is filled with specific examples and vignettes from elementary, middle, and high school classes, so you’ll gain helpful strategies no matter what grade level and subject area you teach. You’ll also find out how to make tweaks or hit the "reset" button when something isn’t going as planned. Things may not always go perfectly your first year, but the practical advice in this book will help you stay motivated on the path to success! Bonus: As you read the book, get even more out of it by discussing it with others. Free study guides for practicing teachers and student teachers are available as eResource downloads from our website (www.routledge.com/products/9781138126152).



Engaging the Families of ELLs

Engaging the Families of ELLs Author Renee Rubin
ISBN-10 9781317921448
Release 2013-07-23
Pages 160
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Learn how to involve the diverse families of English language learners with the effective, practical approaches in this book. This must-have resource for teachers and school leaders is packed with fresh ideas geared toward building a partnership between school communities and ELL families. The authors begin each chapter with realistic scenarios that commonly arise with ELL families. They offer activities designed to assess current practices, investigate family perceptions and expectations, overcome challenges, and improve communication. The strategies in this book help you engage families at school and at home in innovative and successful ways. Organized with the busy educator in mind, the book can be read straight through or section by section to best fit your specific needs. As a bonus, every chapter concludes with a wealth of useful resources on every topic! As the demographics of America's schools continue to grow and change, this book guides you to building a school community in which every family can thrive!



Multicultural Partnerships

Multicultural Partnerships Author Darcy J. Hutchins
ISBN-10 9781317923602
Release 2013-09-27
Pages 158
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This is a must-have, research-based guide for all schools serving culturally diverse elementary and middle grade students and their communities. It's filled with fun, practical, highly effective strategies for raising awareness and engaging all families in their children's education — a sure path toward increased student success! Get detailed examples and step-by-step guidelines for implementing successful... Multicultural Family Nights Workshops for Parents Curriculum Connections Much of the reproducible material is also provided in Spanish - giving educators an even broader reach!



Passionate Learners

Passionate Learners Author Pernille Ripp
ISBN-10 9781317423805
Release 2015-08-27
Pages 162
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Would you want to be a student in your own classroom? In Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Your Students, author Pernille Ripp challenges both novice and seasoned teachers to create a positive, interactive learning environment where students drive their own academic achievement. You’ll discover how to make fundamental changes to your classroom so learning becomes an exciting challenge rather than a frustrating ordeal. Based on the author’s personal experience of transforming her approach to teaching, this book outlines how to: • Build a working relationship with your students based on mutual trust, respect, and appreciation. • Be attentive to your students’ needs and share ownership of the classroom with them. • Break out of the vicious cycle of punishment and reward to control student behaviour. • Use innovative and creative lesson plans to get your students to become more engaged and intellectually-invested learners, while still meeting your state standards. • Limit homework and abandon traditional grading so that your students can make the most of their learning experiences without unnecessary stress. • And much more! New to the second edition, you’ll find practical tools, such as teacher and student reflection sheets, parent questionnaires, and parent conference tools--available in the book and as eResources on our website (http://www.routledge.com/9781138916920)—to help you build your own classroom of passionate learners.



Educating People to be Emotionally Intelligent

Educating People to be Emotionally Intelligent Author Kobus Maree
ISBN-10 0275993639
Release 2007-01-01
Pages 323
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Brings together the foremost collection of experts writing on emotional intelligence, across areas including eduction, parenting, employment and neuroscience, sharing ideas on the importance of this topic and its application to increase performance in everyday life.



Family Math Night K 5

Family Math Night K 5 Author Jennifer Taylor-Cox
ISBN-10 9781317426288
Release 2017-08-03
Pages 142
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Host family math nights at your elementary school—starting today! Family math nights are a great way for teachers to get parents involved their children’s education and to promote math learning outside of the classroom. In this practical book, you’ll find step-by-step guidelines and activities to help you bring family math nights to life. The enhanced second edition is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Content and Practice with new activities to help students explain their answers and write about math. It also comes with ready-to-use handouts that you can distribute during your event. With the resources in this book, you’ll have everything you need to help students learn essential math concepts—including counting and cardinality; operations and algebraic thinking; numbers and operations in base ten; number and operations – fractions; measurement and data; and geometry—in a fun and supportive environment. Special Features: The book is organized by math content and grade band, so you can quickly find activities that meet your needs. Each activity is easy to implement and includes a page of instructions educators can use to prepare the station, as well as a page for families that explains the activity and can be photocopied and displayed at the station. All of the family activities can be photocopied or downloaded from our website, www.routledge.com/9781138915541, so that you can distribute them during your event.



Powerful Partners

Powerful Partners Author Karen Mapp
ISBN-10 0545842409
Release 2017-02-24
Pages 144
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Teachers and administrators will learn how to create the respectful, trusting relationships with families necessary to build the educational partnerships that best support children’s learning. The book will cover the mindset and core beliefs required to bond with families, and will provide guidance on how to plan engagement opportunities and events throughout the school year that undergird effective partnerships between families and schools.



Do Parents Know They Matter

Do Parents Know They Matter Author Alma Harris
ISBN-10 9781855394797
Release 2009-07-04
Pages 123
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A powerful resource for teachers about the benefits of parental engagement, along with methods to foster and develop good practice. >



Readings on the Development of Children

Readings on the Development of Children Author Mary Gauvain
ISBN-10 1429216492
Release 2008-11-21
Pages 384
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This collection of readings can be used as a superb supplement in child and adolescent development courses or as the primary text in graduate-level seminars. The new edition offers 36 readings, 12 new to the collection.



Family Science Night

Family Science Night Author Shelley Connell
ISBN-10 9781317922193
Release 2013-09-27
Pages 144
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At last! A practical, readable guide for teachers, school leaders, and parent/teacher associations that shows how to plan fun, hands-on science nights! Get easy-to-implement, content-rich tips and ideas that will cultivate positive attitudes toward science! Learn how to involve and actively engage families in their children's science education. Divided into two sections, this highly organized book provides the essential strategies needed to run a successful, fun, cost-effective Family Science Night—from beginning to end. Getting Started: a step-by-step guide to organizing the event. Action Toolkit: ideas and instructions for a variety of hands-on activities for students to do with their families. You get a wealth of resources, including an organizer's checklist for each station, sources for supplies you'll need, reproducible "Family Fun Cards" to guide families at each station, setup instructions, and several stations that include take-home crafts families can work on together!



Designing and Implementing Two Way Bilingual Programs

Designing and Implementing Two Way Bilingual Programs Author Margarita Espino Calderon
ISBN-10 9781483351858
Release 2003-01-22
Pages 264
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This indispensable handbook includes professional development plans that meet the specific needs of dual-language programs, strategies for building learning communities for dual-language teachers, and tips for involving parents.