ERIC Number: ED333079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-3
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Can Parent Involvement Lead to Increased Student Achievement in Urban Schools?
Swap, Susan McAllister
The Schools Reaching Out (SRO) program suggests that the achievement of low-income urban students can be raised through a "paradigm shift" to beliefs in success for all children in school, and the necessity of parent involvement for achieving that success. SRO attempts to change the traditional distant relationship between schools and parents in the following ways: (1) bringing parents and teachers together more often for a variety of purposes; (2) increasing communication between school and home; (3) making parents an integral part of the school environment; (4) developing outreach programs to recruit parents who have not been previously involved with the schools; (5) offering mutually supportive parent programs; (6) using third party intervention to resolve problems between parents and the school; (7) emphasizing active listening, empowerment, and respect in parent-teacher interactions; and (8) involving parents in informal decision making. A review of effective urban school programs suggests that the School Development Model and the Accelerated Schools program could be combined into a model for school reform. SRO has developed a Sequential Model for Family-School Collaboration for Children's Learning that outlines the process for building successful school-parent relationships. Two figures are included. A list of 24 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Schools Reaching Out Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3, 1991).