ERIC Number: ED166340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
Maintaining Parent Interest in Title I Parent Advisory Councils.
Mizell, M. Hayes
There are a number of reasons for the lack of parent interest in Title I Parent Advisory Councils (PAC). There are too many officials charged with implementing Title I who do not want to be bothered with an effective PAC. In addition, many officials do not seriously consider the experiences parents bring to their membership and do not have the skills to effectively involve the PAC. The lack of clarity about PAC's role and responsibilities, a lack of planning, a limited number of PAC meetings, and the rapid turnover in PAC membership also contribute to the erosion of parent interest. Specific actions which can be taken to stimulate and maintain parent interest include: (1) a "job description" should be developed for PAC members; (2) local school officials should communicate that PAC is a valued partner in the operation of a Title I project; (3) PAC members should be encouraged to initiate activities; (4) each PAC member should adopt a specific program and follow its progression; and (5) working with PAC should be seen as a continuing process of leadership development. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Education for the Disadvantaged.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Parent Advisory Councils
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Title I ESEA Parent Involvement (Silver Spring, Maryland, January 30, 1979)