Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

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Helping parents and family member's increase their self-efficacy turned out to be a recurring theme in this issue. Well established as a key to engagement through the research of Kathy Hoover-Dempsey and her colleagues, several different articles describe creative ways schools and programs are giving par- ents the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to become true partners in their children's education.

Deslandes and Rivard describe workshops designed to help parents better understand the new curriculum and assessments being used in Québec. Ander- son, Anderson, and Teichert asked parents to reflect back on a family literacy program designed to engage them and help them prepare their children for kindergarten entry. Later in the issue, Shiffman examines the potential of the learning efficacy engendered by adult education courses to be transferred to parental involvement self-efficacy. Reece, Saudt, and Ogle describe a collabora- tion that took family engagement workshops into low-income neighborhoods, again providing wonderful opportunities to increase parental self-efficacy.

Mahmood's article also references efficacy, but in her case, it is the efficacy of first-year teachers in working with their students' parents that is examined. She calls for more balanced and realistic preparation for preservice teacher candi- dates. …

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