ERIC Number: ED338415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Parent Leadership Training Program, 1990-91.
McConnell, Beverly B.
This report evaluates the 1990-91 implementation of the Parent Leadership Training Program in Washington State. Teams from each of seven elementary schools received a manual of materials and guidance on recruiting parents, involving teaching staff, and providing support services. They then implemented the program in their schools. The first part of this report on findings from the program addresses parent involvement in workshops. It was found that asking parents to preregister for parent workshops increased the likelihood of their attendance. Child care arrangements that were well-staffed were essential to parents' participation in school programs. Programs providing more time for socialization were more successful. The most effective programs were those which were most interactive. The highest parent attendance occurred when workshop topics were developed from a local interest survey. The second part of the report addresses school staff involvement. It was found that the greater the participation by staff in determining ways to increase parental involvement, the more likely the resultant programs were to succeed. The third part of the evaluation concerns the initiation of school change. Providing a regular forum for parents to voice their concerns increased schools' responsiveness to those concerns. The conclusion summarizes answers to questions raised in the evaluation of the program. (BC)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Leadership Training, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent Workshops, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Recruitment, Teacher Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Citizens Education Center, Seattle, WA.