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


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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