Here are several resources useful for schools wishing to strengthen their relationships and partnerships with families and the community.
Family and Community Engagement Handbook
Downloadable in pdf format from the Families-Schools website, this handbook is well worth reading! Though a US publication, much of the information is very relevant for Australian schools as well.
Schools in Their Commuities is an ACER research brief, written by Robert Simons and published earlier this year. This Policy Brief considers three models of partnerships in schools and communities that have been developed during the last fifteen years in Australia in response to a variety of national, regional, local and community agenda for learning and wellbeing, lifelong learning, and improved learning outcomes.
School Community Partnerships in Australian Schools is another worthwhile ACER research paper, written by Michelle Lonsdale and published earlier this year.
Getting it Together, subtitled Making a Difference in School Community Partnerships is not a new publication - it was produced in 2007-2008 through the Western Sydney Area Assistance Scheme. Nevertheless, if you've not caught up with it before, it is well worth downloading and reading.