Book Update

Building Parent Engagement In Schools, my first book (written with Lorie Hammond), was published earlier this month. You can learn how readers of this blog can get a discount by reading this.

You can read two “previews” of the book:

One is an article I wrote for Public School Insights in April titled Parent Involvement or Parent Engagement?

The other is one I wrote for the Library Media Connection. It was published last month and is titled Family Literacy, English Language Learners, and Parent Engagement.

You can read the first review of the book at The Tempered Radical by Educational Leadership columnist Bill Ferriter.

In September, Joyce Epstein and I were guests at Education Week’s “edchat” on engaging parents. If you’re interested, you can read the chat transcript.

I was interviewed on the Parents as Partners webcast a few weeks ago, and you can read about about the conversation at Irritate or agitate – what’s your parent engagement like? You can also listen to the webcast at the EdTechTalk site.

“Family Literacy, English Language Learners, and Parent Engagement”

“Family Literacy, English Language Learners, and Parent Engagement” is a short excerpt from my book (written with Lorie Hammond) — Building Parent Engagment In Schools — that appeared in the Library Media Connection this month.

They don’t have the article online, and but gave me permission to post it on my website.

The book was published yesterday, though I haven’t seen a copy yet…

Parents As Partners Interview

I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed by Lorna Costantini, Matt Montagne, and Cindy Seibel on Parents as Partners last night.

These monthly Ed Tech Talk webcasts are very informative, and I’ve certainly listened to them in the past.

You can read Lorna’s post about the conversation, which she titled Irritate or agitate – what’s your parent engagement like?

You can listen to the webcast on her blog, or directly at the EdTechTalk site.

How To Get A Discount When Ordering My Book


That’s the cover of my new book, Building Parent Engagement In Schools. It will be available on September 30th, but you can pre-order it now if you want.

You can buy it through all the usual ways, including on Amazon. Since the list price is $35, Amazon lets you buy it without charging for postage and handling — if you choose that method (it just means you get a few days later). You can pre-order it at Amazon.

You can also order it directly from Linworth Publishing. They will give blog readers a twenty percent discount. The only catch is that you can’t order it from their website if you want the discount.

To get that discount, after September 30th (there doesn’t seem to a way to pre-order it from the publisher) you’ll be able to go here, print-out an order form and fax it to (888) 873-7017. Important — you have to put this special code on your order — 093BLA4 — and say it’s “Larry Ferlazzo’s blog discount.”

You can also call-in your order to (805) 880-6834.

The twenty percent discount also applies to ordering multiple copies.

Here’s a preview of the book.

Let me know if you have any difficulties with the ordering process.

Book Should Be Out On September 30th!

Our book, Building Parent Engagement In Schools, is set to be published on September 30th. You can pre-order it on Amazon now.  I’m negotiating with the publisher for some way that readers of my blogs can get a discount, but I’m not sure it’s going to be a much more than what you can save by ordering it at Amazon using the “Super-Saver” option (which eliminates any shipping cost). Either way, you might want to check-out the blurb on Amazon.

For more of a preview of the book’s contents, you can read this article: Parent Involvement or Parent Engagement?

“Building Parent Engagement In Schools”

This blog will support a book that will be published in the fall of 2009 that  I (with Lorie Hammond, another veteran teacher) have written titled “Building Parent Engagement In Schools.”  It primarily focuses on ways schools can better connect with parents — particularly with those in urban areas and recent immigrants — though it’s certainly not limited to ELL parents.

It will highlight successful school efforts, including our school’s home computer family literacy project; school-connected community organizing efforts in Texas and Los Angeles: school community gardens, and parent teacher home visiting programs.  The book particularly highlights a difference between parent “engagement” and parent “involvement” using my background of nineteen years of community organizing experience.