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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Personnel Directory

Susan Auerbach

Susan  Auerbach
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Office:ED 2114
Phone:818 677 2557
Email:susan.auerbach@csun.edu

Research

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Auerbach, S. (2012). Conceptualizing leadership for authentic partnerships: A continuum to inspire practice. In S. Auerbach (Ed.), School leadership for authentic family and community partnerships: Research perspectives for transforming practice (pp. 29-51). New York: Routledge.

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Despite rhetoric of collaboration, partnerships with families and community groups are rarely based on parity and common purpose. Schools typically set the agenda, positioning parents as deferential supporters and community groups as service providers. By contrast, authentic partnerships are respectful alliances among educators, families, and community groups that value relationship building, dialog across difference, and sharing power in socially just schools. This conceptual paper examines the literature on school leadership, family/community engagement, and education for social justice to problematize the term “partnerships,” argue for authentic partnerships, and offer a model of leadership for partnerships to inform practice.

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Auerbach, S. (Ed., 2012). Conversations with community-oriented educational leaders. In S. Auerbach (Ed.), School leadership for authentic family and community partnerships: Research perspectives for transforming practice (pp. 233-247). New York: Routledge.

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This chapter brings the voices of educational leaders directly into the conversation with edited excerpts from telephone interviews on their views of leadership for partnerships. Five U.S. school and district leaders from urban, suburban, and semi-rural communities in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West were chosen based on referrals from book contributors and others; while not a scientific sample, they represent a thoughtful mix of perspectives from a variety of contexts. Topics discussed include their vision of partnerships, greatest accomplishments and challenges in promoting partnerships, view of necessary leadership qualities, and recommendations to new administrators.

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Auerbach, S. (Ed.) (2012). School leadership for authentic family and community partnerships: Research perspectives for transforming practice. New York: Routledge.

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School leaders are increasingly called upon to pursue meaningful partnerships with families and community groups, yet many leaders are unprepared to meet the challenges of partnerships, to cross cultural boundaries, or to be accountable to the community. Alliances are needed among educators, families, and community organizations that value relationship building, dialog, and power-sharing as part of socially just schools. This book brings together research perspectives that intersect the fields of school leadership and parent/community involvement to examine the role of educational leaders in promoting partnerships and to both inform and inspire more authentic collaboration. Its 13 chapters cover recent studies on urban principals, community organizing, bicultural families, special education, charter schools, parent education/advocacy, and other topics in the U.S. and Canada.

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