Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

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This issue is full of excellent offerings, if they are a bit eclectic. The common denominator is a concern for involving all consituents of the school community in collaboration for the benefit of children. That is, after all, the historically constant goal of this journal, and each article of this issue adds in its own way to the toolbox available for accomplishing this goal.

Each of the first two articles examines an area of current public interest. Quezada presents a case study of a parent involvement initiative facilitated by a faith-based organization, giving us a thorough explanation of the benefits and borders involved in such an endeavor. Barwegen and her colleagues pose an interesting question: If perceived parent involvement is factored into the equation, how do homeschool and public school students compare academically?

Tuinstra and Hiatt-Michael examine the emerging and promising practice of student-led parent conferences in middle schools. With some time and effort, this idea has great potential for enhancing a school community without a huge monetary investment. Next, Villani presents a case study of how a school leader can effectively create a learning community. …

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