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Murawski, W.W. & Spencer, S.A. (2011, Fall). The importance of collaboration in today's diverse schools. The LAUSD Ladder, 25, 35.

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This article highlights work from the book "Collaborate, communicate and differentiate" (2011) by Murawski & Spencer. It emphasizes ways for faculty to collaborate in order to meet the diverse needs of students.

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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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Murawski, W.W., Carter, N., Sileo, N., & Prater, M.A. (2012). Communicating and Collaborating with Families (Chp 3, pp.59-90). In N. Sileo and M.A. Prater (Eds)., Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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This book addresses the issues related to families and schools who work with students with special needs. The chapter focuses on how to establish best practices between family-school collaboration. It provides the research behind communication, problem-solving, conflict management, and collaboration.

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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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