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Tools and Techniques for Working with GEAR UP Families Publications

Resource Title: 176 Ways to Involve Parents

Description and Uses: This hands-on guide is for educators and GEAR UP coordinators who want to involve parents in their school community. The practical, ready-to-use ideas featured in the book were generated from the best practices of educators who are committed to exploring new ways to include parents at the classroom, school, and district level. GEAR UP coordinators can use this book as a resource to develop parent workshops and newsletters.

How to Order: Skylight Professional Development. 1900 East Lake Avenue. Glenview, IL. (800) 348-4474. ISBN 1575171538. Website: http://www.lessonlab.com/bkstore/index.cfm/. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

176 Ways to Involve Parents

Resource Title: Joining Hands: Preparing Teachers to Make Meaningful Home-School Connections

Description and Uses: This document provides case studies of successful teacher-family partnership efforts. Specifically, five case studies are presented that outline useful strategies that can help teachers develop the skills and knowledge needed to carry out their partnership roles with families. Although written for teachers, this resource can be helpful to GEAR UP coordinators as they design "family-friendly" support programs.

How to Order: California Department of Education. CDE Press Sales Office. PO Box 271. Sacramento, CA. (800) 995-4099. ISBN 080111442X.

Joining Hands: Preparing Teachers to Make Meaningful Home-School Connections

Resource Title: Letters to Parents in Math: 40 Ready-to-Use Letters in English and Spanish

Description and Uses: Educators know that parents are a tremendous influence and have the power to truly impact their child's ability to succeed in math. With this in mind, this book provides sample letters for parents that teachers can send home with students. The suggestions and tips highlighted in the resource are all proven methods for developing and encouraging successful and responsible students. Sample letters are provided in English and Spanish.

How to Order: Addison-Wesley. (800) 922-0579. ISBN 0673363708. Website: http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Parents-Math-Grades-4-6/dp/0673363708/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296519536&sr=8-1. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Letters to Parents in Math: 40 Ready-to-Use Letters in English and Spanish

Resource Title: Multiculturalism and Learning Style: Teaching and Counseling Adolescents

Description and Uses: This research-based book clarifies the implications of the varied learning styles of multicultural students and describes how to teach and counsel adolescents accordingly. Also included in the publication are reports on schools that have successfully reversed underachievement among culturally diverse students.

How to Order: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. Customer Service Department. PO BOX 6926. Portsmouth, NH 03802-6926. (800) 225-5800. ISBN 0275947629. Website: http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?id=2147495674. This item can also be purchased online at http://www.amazon.com.

Multiculturalism and Learning Style: Teaching and Counseling Adolescents



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