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Steven B. Sheldon, PhD

Associate Professor

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Steven Sheldon is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and a Research Scientist with the Center for School, Family, and Community Partnerships.  His research focuses on the predictors and impact of family involvement in children’s education with a focus on the role of school and teacher outreach to families. Specifically, he has studied how school leadership is related to the development of school, family, and community partnership programs.  In addition, his research has investigated the extent to which school outreach to families is associated with family engagement in children’s learning, as well as student outcomes such as student attendance and standardized test performance.

Dr. Sheldon is the author of numerous reports and peer reviewed articles about the development and impact of school, family, and community partnership programs in schools, and has co-authored the books, Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships (Sanders & Sheldon, 2009) and School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action (Epstein, et al., 2009). He is currently co-editing, The Wiley Handbook on Family, School, and Community Relationships in Education (due out in early 2019, Wiley-Blackwell).  He teaches and coordinates the graduate certificate program for Leadership on School, Family, and Community Collaborations and teachers in the Education Doctorate program in the School of Education.  Dr. Sheldon earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University.

EDUCATION

Ph.D./Ed.D. Michigan State University, 2000, Educational Psychology

BS. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1992, Human Development and Psychology

COURSES TAUGHT

851.630 School, Family, and Community Collaboration for School Improvement I

851.631 School, Family, and Community Collaboration for School Improvement II

855.718 Disciplinary Approaches to Education

880.624 Evaluation and Research in Education

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS AWARDED

Sheldon, S. B. (2016-2018). “Evaluation of the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project.”. Parent Teacher Home Visit Inc.

Sheldon, S. B. (2012-2014). Evaluation of the Family Engagement Project. Flamboyan Foundation.

Epstein, J. L., Sheldon, S. B., & Hutchins, D. J. (2012). Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC). Data Analyses for New Leaders. Contract with New Leaders Inc.,

Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., & Sheldon, S. B. (2003- 2010). Implementation and effects of family and community involvement on student achievement in reading, math, and science: A multi-level intervention to change district and school partnership programs. Interagency Education Research Initiative, NICHD.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Books

Sheldon, S. B. & Turner-Vorbeck, T. (in press). Handbook on Family, School, and Community Partnerships in Education.  Wiley-Blackwell Press.

Sanders, M. G. & Sheldon, S. B.  (2009). ).  Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin  Press

Epstein, J. L., Sanders, M. G., Sheldon, S. B., et al., (2009).  School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action (3rd Edition).  Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press.

Selected Articles
Epstein, J. L. & Sheldon, S. B. (2016). Necessary but Not Sufficient: The Role of Policy for Advancing Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships. Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2, 202-219.

Mac Iver, M. A., Epstein, J. L., Sheldon, S. B., Fronseca, E. (2015). Engaging families to support students’ transition to high school: Evidence from the field.  The High School Journal, 99, 27-45.

Galindo, C. L. & Sheldon, S. B.  (2012). Examining the Effects of School and Home Connections on Children’s Kindergarten Cognitive Growth.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27, 90-103.Galindo, C. L. & Sheldon, S. B.  (2011).  Examining the Effects of School and Home Connections on Children’s Kindergarten Cognitive Growth.  Accepted for publication in Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Epstein, J.L., Galindo, C. L. & Sheldon, S. B.  (2011).  Levels of leadership: Effects of district and school leaders on the quality of school programs of family and community involvement.  Educational Administration Quarterly, 47, 462-495.

Sheldon, S. B., Epstein, J.L., Galindo, C. L.  (2010).  Not just numbers: Creating a partnership climate to improve math proficiency in schools.  Leadership and Policy in Schools, 9, 27-48.

Sheldon, S. B.  (2007).  Improving student attendance with a school-wide approach to school-family-community partnerships.  Journal of Educational Research, 100, 267 – 275.

Other Publications

Sheldon, S.B. & Jung, S. B. (2015). The Family Engagement Project: Year 2 Student Achievement Outcomes.  Flamboyan Foundation.  http://flamboyanfoundation.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/JHU-STUDY_FINAL-REPORT.pdf