ERIC Number: ED327370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Leadership Training Program. An Evaluation.
McConnell, Beverly B.
The Parent Leadership Training Program was developed to promote academic success among at-risk children, specifically, Mexican Migrant children. It attempted to help parents learn how to be effective partners in their children's academic and developmental growth. The program provided a series of meetings to help families understand the schools and learn how they could participate in school affairs and assist their children at home. The evaluation of the program consists of: (1) analysis of the characteristics of the Hispanic families who participated in the 3-year development phase; (2) analysis of program strategies most effective in reaching parents and sustaining their interest; and (3) discussion of the implications of findings. The characteristics most predictive of a high level of parental involvement were: (1) mothers' years of education; (2) mothers' ability to drive a car; (3) parents' education received in the United States; (4) both parents' ability to communicate, speak, read, and write in English; (5) years of residence in the area; and (6) the parenting style. Program strategies considered most effective were: (1) continual personal contact to preregister parents; (2) preplanned child care arrangements; (3) provision of transportation to meetings for several consecutive weeks; (4) provision of ample time for socialization and refreshments; (5) giving take-home materials, gifts, and doorprizes; (6) giving recognition and thanks to workers and parents; (7) small-group discussion and socialization. The evaluation findings indicate a replication model for future implementation of the program at other locations. Data tables are included. (ALL)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, High Risk Students, Leadership Training, Mexican American Education, Migrant Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Workshops, Program Evaluation
Citizens Education Center, 105 S. Main St., Suite 330, Seattle, WA 98104 ($12.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fred Meyer Charitable Trust, Portland, OR.
Authoring Institution: Citizens Education Center - Northwest, Portland, OR.