ERIC Number: ED334331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Participation Programs in the Chicago Public Schools.
Roosevelt Univ., Chicago, IL. Coll. of Education.
This document reports the findings of a survey on parent involvement programs in public schools in Chicago (Illinois). The following major parent involvement indicators were found to promote high achievement despite high rates of poverty and student mobility: (1) a high level of communication between parents and school; (2) parent support of the school; and (3) provision of social services for parents in need. The following successful parent involvement strategies are presented: (1) make an intellectual and emotional commitment to involve parents; (2) do a needs assessment; (3) start small; (4) involve parents in planning and evaluating the program; (5) provide training to parents who volunteer in the schools; (6) provide support that will enable parents to participate; (7) recognize the efforts of parents; (8) have the more involved parents recruit other parents; (9) use students to recruit parents; (10) make parents feel welcome; (11) hire a parent coordinator; and (12) collaborate with other community organizations. The following obstacles to parent involvement are presented: (1) poor attitudes about one another on the part of both parents and schools; (2) refusal of teachers to accept parents' knowledge and insights; (3) mismatch between the school and the parents' concept of parent involvement; and (4) schools' inability to adapt to societal changes. Eight programs offered by individual schools and 18 programs offered by community organizations are described. A seven-item bibliography of resources for parents and a 12-item bibliography of resources for professionals are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Roosevelt Univ., Chicago, IL. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL; Illinois (Chicago)