Children, Youth, Families & Schools, Nebraska Center for Research on


Date of this Version

September 2004


Sheridan, S. M. (2004, September). Family-school partnerships: Creating essential connections for student success. Keynote presented at the Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand. Permission to use.


Why Family-School Partnerships??
“... parents take their child home after professionals complete their services and parents continue providing the care for the larger portion of the child’s waking hours... No matter how skilled professionals are, or how loving parents are, each cannot achieve alone what the two parties, working hand-in-hand, can accomplish together” (Peterson & Cooper, 1989; pp. 229, 208).