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Dr. Steven B. Sheldon



Steven B. Sheldon, Ph.D. in educational psychology from Michigan State University, is Co-Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnership and NNPS, and Associate Professor of Education in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. His work explores key components of the development of strong partnership programs in schools, and how the quality and outreach of these programs affect parent, family, and community responses and student outcomes such as attendance, behavior, reading and math achievement. His work also examines the impact on students of school-based family engagement practices such as parent-teacher home visits (PTHV) and Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT), as well as school-wide improvement efforts such as Community Schools.

He is co-author, with Mavis Sanders, of Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships (Corwin Press, 2009) on principals’ leadership for developing effective partnership programs. He is also co-author of School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Fourth Edition (Epstein, et al., Corwin Press, 2019). His book, The Wiley Handbook of Family, Schools, and Community Relationships in Education (co-edited with Tammy Turner-Vorbeck, Wiley, 2019) provides an overview of the field by leading researchers. He is co-author of School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools, 3rd edition (with Joyce Epstein, Taylor & Francis, 2023) for college courses for future teachers and administrators. In other projects, Sheldon studied the direct and indirect effects of family involvement at school and at home on student motivation and school achievement. (See the Publications List in the section Research and Evaluation.)