School Community Journal

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring/Summer

Building a Village through Data: A Research-Practice Partnership to Improve Youth Outcomes
IntroductionThe No Child Left Behind legislation, enacted in 2002, raised demands on school systems to use data to inform decision-making (Lachat & Smith, 2005). The current version of the law, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act, maintains a...
Conversations with Family Members about Math
IntroductionStudents perform best when family members are part of the learning process. For example, Jeynes (2013) points out the strong connection between voluntary expressions of family engagement and positive school outcomes. Engagement of this nature...
Editor's Comments
We kick off this issue with Biag describing a research-practice partnership between a university and a district's fUll-service community schools promoting collaboration around data to better serve students and engage families. Next, Min, Anderson, and...
Finding "Mathematics": Parents Questioning School-Centered Approaches to Involvement in Children's Mathematics Learning
IntroductionThe work reported in this article developed a novel approach to parental involvement and engagement with children's learning. We explored parental involvement in children's mathematics learning from an exclusively parentcentered perspective....
Inconvenient, but Essential: Impact and Influence of School–Community Involvement on Principals' Work and Workload
IntroductionThe work of contemporary school principals is intensifying in terms of its complexity and volume (Pollock, Wang, & Hauseman, 2015; Spillane, 2015). Many factors moderate, influence, and drive such work intensification, with school-community...
Latino Immigrant Students' School Experiences in the United States: The Importance of Family-School–Community Collaborations
IntroductionThere are currently 41.3 million immigrants living in the United States (U.S.), 11.7 million of whom are unauthorized (Passel, Cohn, & GonzalesBarrera, 2013; Zong & Batalova, 2015). Latino immigrants make up 47% of the foreign-born...
Students' School Belonging: Juxtaposing the Perspectives of Teachers and Students in the Late Elementary School Years (Grades 4-8)
IntroductionA sense of belonging is a relationally derived psychosocial construct that has been used to describe the "sense of fit" or "feelings of acceptance" that an individual feels to one's community. Historically, this conception was concerned with...
What Do We Know about Full-Service Community Schools? Integrative Research Review with NVivo
IntroductionSince the enactment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) more than 15 years ago, many U.S. schools have struggled to demonstrate effectiveness in a system reinforced by a neo-liberal emphasis on standards and standardization (Grimmett, Fleming,...
"Why Are the Black Kids Being Suspended?" an Examination of a School District's Efforts to Reform a Faulty Suspension Policy through Community Conversations
IntroductionThis paper investigates a school district's attempt to address and change their suspension policy by engaging the community and school personnel in conversations. During the spring of 2013, child advocacy groups issued an official complaint...
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