ERIC Number: ED335436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Issues in Home/School Involvement Programs for Parents of Language Minority Students.
Kwiat, Judy A.
This document describes the first year of an intensive training project involving 24 individuals in teams of 3 from 8 Illinois school districts. The teams were used to train school personnel and parents in Illinois with the goal of developing parent involvement programs for parents of language minority students. Training teams participated in five whole-day Saturday workshops that focused on the following areas: (1) a review of the research on and the history of parent participation; (2) the roles and basic responsibilities of the family and the school in making the home a supportive learning environment; (3) the roles of the family and the school in improving collaboration and cooperation between the home and school; (4) the roles of the family and the school in improving communication between the home and the school; and (5) the responsibilities of the family and the school in defining roles in governance and advocacy. School districts planned to implement the following programs: (1) family literacy programs; (2) opportunities for parents and children to experiment with word processing; (3) informational and skill-building workshops for parents; (4) improvement of cross-cultural relations within the school; (5) tutoring programs that utilize bilingual parents; and (6) programs to increase parent understanding of school organization and to develop a network that will allow parents to access community resources. Baseline evaluation information was collected during the first training sessions and will be compared to similar information supplied by the school districts. Statistical data are presented in one table. A 79-item bibliography is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois; Language Minorities
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1990).