Home-School Relations examines the nature of the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and provides practical advice for developing strong home-school relationships. This text discusses the need for educators to have positive working relationships with the students that they teach and describes the techniques they must use to understand the families from which their students come. In addition to covering the traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication, Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delve further into the issues facing families today. Poverty, advocacy, fathering and domestic violence and their effect on families are covered opening new paths of understanding for educators. In addition, diversity (cultural, racial, religious, and sexual orientation) is discussed, not only in a separate chapter, but throughout the text, to promote understanding of all students and their families. Unlike other texts in this field, Home-School Relations confronts the alarming statistics on poverty and how it affects children, and ultimately, their performance in schools. Home-School Relations is the best text available to prepare educators for all the forms of diversity they will encounter in the field. Beyond its in-depth look at ever-evolving families, this text provides solid, practical examples of building good home-school partnerships and fostering familial involvement in schools. Specific examples of activities and strategies are presented, offering the educator and pre-service student a valuable professional resource.Olsen, Glenn W. is the author of 'Home-School Relations Working Successfully With Parents and Families', published 2002 under ISBN 9780205367726 and ISBN 0205367720.