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In It Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms

by Deborah E Zacarian and Michael A Silverstone Corwin Press
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Pbk 184 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive approach for building coalitions of support around student learning and engagement through interconnected classroom community-building efforts that involve teachers:
building strong relationships with students;
intentionally supporting students to build powerful relationships with their peers;
fostering strong reciprocal relationships with families, and;
building relationships with the school and community at large
empowering and creating purposeful intentional spaces for students/families/school community/community at large to build powerful relationships with each other.

1. What it means to be aIn it Togethera in Education2. An Involved Classroom Community3. Infusing the assets of students and families into classroom learning4. Preparing For Classroom Community5. The Learning Benefits of Being aIn it Togethera6. Using classroom eventsto empower students and families7. Widening the Circle Beyond the Classroom:Service learning8. Using Learning Partnerships in Professional Development: Applying The IdeasReferences

"Building meaningful relationships in education can be difficult, particularly when the parties involved are different from one another in identity, experience, and other ways. As a result, although in principle collaborations and partnerships in education are universally lauded, in practice they are often ignored. What we need are examples of partnerships that work. In it Together, by Debbie Zacarian and Michael Silverstone, suggests productive ways to work with, learn from, and form authentic relationships with diverse communities. Combining their abundant experience in classrooms and schools, and using examples from caring teachers in diverse classrooms, the authors demonstrate what it means to really be “in it together.” Teachers, administrators, and everyone who cares about the future of education in a diverse society will benefit from the strategies they suggest."


Debbie Zacarian is known nationally for her work in advancing student achievement, policies, programming and professional development with schools and higher education institutions with culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse populations.She is a popular and frequent speaker at national and international conferences of major education organizations, including the National Title 1 Association, Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Developers, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as state conferences throughout the United States. Dr. Zacarian consults with state agencies, school districts, and colleges throughout the United States and is an Author Consultant for Corwin Press.She is also the founder and president of Debbie Zacarian, EdD and Associates. Dr. Zacarianas accessible explanations of the most current research into practical instructional, school-climate, and parent engagement strategies as well as strength-based teacher evaluation systems are widely practiced by teachers and administrators. In addition, she is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, books, teacher training and coaching manuals, strategic plans, and policies. Her most recent professional books include: Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student AchievementTransforming Schools for English learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School LeadersThe Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content AreasAn expert in policies and practices, Dr. Zacarian: Writes policies for many urban, suburban and rural districts.Her work includes the Boston Public Schoolsa policies for English learnersServed as a consultant for the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center and Federation for Children with Special NeedsWrote Serving English Learners: laws, policies and regulations, a user-friendly guide about US federal laws for ColorA­n ColoradoServed as a consultant with the Kindergarten Entry Assessment Advisory Committee of the Delaware Governoras Office, Childrenas Department, and Office of Education For over a decade, Dr. Zacarian was on the faculty of University of Massachusetts-Amherst.In addition to teaching and service work, she co-wrote/was co-principal investigator of a multi-year national professional development grant.Dr. Zacarian was also the founder and director of the Center for English Language Education and Advancing Student Achievement at the Collaborative for Educational Services and the founding director of Amherst Public Schools bilingual and English learner program where she and the district received many local, state and national honors for its work with English learners.Bring Debbie Zacarian to you! Debbie is available for workshops, keynotes, and consulting services. Click to learn more about her workshops:Unleashing the Power of Academic LanguageTransforming Practice Using Research-Based Data ToolsTransformational Leadership and Supervision Practices for Educators of English LearnersSupporting Success for Beginning English Language Learners For a recording of Debbie Zacarian's webinar, Unleashing the Power of Academic Language, please click here: