Course Descriptions

TitleFamily, School, and Community Partnerships


This course focuses on the structure, common elements, and impact of successful and effective family, school, and community partnerships. It is designed to encourage the development of teachers’ and other educators’ awareness of students’ family and community histories, funds of knowledge and sociocultural capital, and it requires close examination of attitudes, misconceptions, and expectations that impact relationship building with families and communities. This course exposes candidates to different types of home-school-community partnerships, current knowledge on community-based frameworks, and programs serving families who traditionally do not participate in schools. Additionally, this course facilitates and guides the analysis and development of instructional approaches and programs that foster relationship building, communication, student achievement, and families’ knowledge of the school/classroom curricula and educational system.