Leaders within schools who strive to care for students have a responsibility to both student growth and inclusion of their families (Epstein, 2010).
The NCLB Act incorporated a mandate that schools develop way to collaborate with parents in order to receive federal funding from the Title I portion of the law, indicating the importance of this collaboration in children’s academic paths. Epstein viewed this partnership as overlapping spheres of influence. Epstein noted that if schools are disconnected with student’s family, the relationship between school and home is more isolated.
There is a need for parents, teachers, students, and administrators to work together to cultivate successful relationships to support children in their academic endeavors and overall growth. Each participant must recognize their distinct role while developing this unique relationship. The collaboration of families, schools, and communities can help students succeed in school and life thereafter.