1. Read from your text, Building Culturally Responsive Family-School Relationships:
    • Chapter 4: From Family Deficit to Family Strengt: Examining How Families Influence Children’s Development and School Success
    • Chapter 5: Understanding Family Stress and Change
    • Chapter 13: Creating a Support Network for Families in Crisis  


  1. Key Family System Processes 

    Four aspects of family life are described that have been strongly tied to student academic achievement, and they are (a) family beliefs and expectations, (b) family patterns of emotional connectedness, (c) family organizational patterns, and (d) family patterns around learning. Choose one of the key components and add at least three additional points/suggestions to contribute to a students’ success. Use these new points in addition to those listed in the text to create a plan to be implemented by either the family or the teacher to enhance your chosen component. Support your new points with at least one reference, in addition to the text. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

  2. Responding to Crisis of Stress

    As a teacher, you need to be familiar with the various types of stressors than can precipitate a crisis for both students and families. Reflect on the many types of crisis or stress a student or a student’s family may be experiencing. Review Figure 5.1 in your text, choose one (1) Horizontal Stressor and discuss how you will address this issue with your student and family. Include suggestions and at least two outside resources for both the individual student and the family as a whole. When responding to at least two of your classmates’ postings, include one additional resource for your peers to add to their list as well.


Research: Parent Involvement and Educational Outcomes

Review and select a research article on family influence on children’s learning and/or social adjustment that interests you. In a two- to four- page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), provide a summary of the research and critique the information with supporting explanations. Connect the information you learn from the research article to Chapters 5 and 13 of the text. Be sure to properly cite and reference your research article and your text and use APA format as per the Ashford Writing Center throughout the entire paper.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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