ED 125 introduces students to ways to building partnerships with families and communities to enhance learning in school settings. Family theories, family structures, and models of family involvement will be addressed. Students will explore the changes in families and schools in today’s society, and examine how the differences between their value and belief systems influence the family-school partnership. The process of building and establishing family-school-community partnerships will also be analyzed. Students will use quantitative and qualitative research methods to investigate social, educational, ethical, legal, and cultural issues and evaluate its impact on family-school-community interactions. Best practices and strategies to effectively communicate, advocate, and collaborate with culturally diverse families within the school system and the community will also be covered.