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Community Connections and Your PLC at Work®

A Guide to Engaging Families

By: Nathaniel Provencio

Learn step by step how to establish deep-rooted community connections that lead to the lasting betterment of your school or district. Gain key concepts of the professional learning community (PLC) process and how they lead to increased engagement and collaboration with families.

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A guide to school community involvement in a PLC

In a PLC, every student, teacher, staff member, parent, and family member is vital to the success of the school. With an emphasis on transparency, mutual trust, and clarity of purpose, this resource provides a road map to growing community engagement and involvement. Learn step by step how to establish deep-rooted relationships that lead to the lasting betterment of your school or district.

  • Gain insight into the importance of parent and family engagement with schools as part of students’ success.
  • Learn key concepts of the professional learning community (PLC) process and how they apply to fostering school engagement with families and other community stakeholders.
  • Gain strategies to encourage community involvement in goal setting within schools.
  • Understand how to overcome the barriers of economically disadvantaged families and communities traditionally underserved by schools.
  • Acquire best practices for involving stakeholders in a collaborative process of learning and growth.

Related Topics

Family & CommunityLeadershipProfessional Learning Communities at Work®Professional Learning Communities

Additional Information

Product Code: BKF962, EKF525

ISBN: 9781951075194

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 136

“Provencio provides practical tools, resources, and strategies that can be adopted by any school, regardless of demographics. A necessary guide for all schools.”

Lynmara Colón, director of English learner programs and services, Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia

“Families are most often the missing piece within our PLCs, even though they are the most important. This book is an essential read for every school leader.”

Scott M. Borba, superintendent and principal, Le Grand Union Elementary School District, California

“Finally, a step-by-step guide for how to engage families and promote rock-solid community involvement in your school!”

Jennifer Smith, mathematics instructional coach and interventionist, Greenville Elementary School, Wisconsin

“In the epilogue to his book, Nathaniel Provencio states that his hope for the book is to create for school leaders ‘a pragmatic resource to assist them in growing parent, family, and community involvement and engagement in their schools.’ Wow, did he succeed! He articulately weaves together a story of his journey toward success with his school, Minnieville Elementary, that is laced with strategies, researched theories, and documented results. He includes barriers encountered, tools to use, and reproducible materials that make the story easy to follow and entirely possible to replicate. I found the chapters on family-engagement coalitions, culture of customer service, and his guidance for parents on what learning is and looks like to be especially enlightening. By including the next-step questions at the end of each chapter, Provencio leads his readers through the processes and simple strategies that, when systematically applied, lead to ultimate success. For any leader looking to reshape or enhance the parent, family, and community involvement in his or her school through the PLC process, let Nathaniel Provencio be your guide.”

Jim Baldwin, executive director, Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP)

“Building on his own experience with success, Nathaniel Provencio lays out an easy-to-use road map to engage your school’s community to provide this critical added layer in support of educators and students. During these challenging times, it has never been more important to support our families at home. Focusing on the three big ideas of a PLC, this book provides powerful insights, research-based strategies, and effective resources and tools to help you better connect with your school community.”

Kyle Palmer, educational consultant

“Attention, educators: Please purchase this book now! Nathaniel Provencio, a nationally recognized educator, aligns the PLC at Work research and process with best practices in family engagement. The big ideas from the chapters can be implemented immediately with ready-to-go reproducibles, tools, and reflective questions. The chapter on achieving a customer-centric culture is a must-read for all educators in every school across the country, with tips on creating first impressions that last a lifetime, serving families with a smile, and building relationships. I highly recommend this book and already plan on ordering one for every member of our family engagement guiding coalition—another strategy in the book.”

Bo Ryan, principal, CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School, Connecticut
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