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ERIC Number: ED350091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb-17
Reference Count: 0
Reengaging Families in the Education of Young Adolescents.
Hilliard, Robert D.
This paper examined each of the eight major recommendations of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development's 1989 report entitled "Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century." That report called for the transformation of early adolescent education by: (1) creating a community for learning in the schools through increased interaction between teachers, parents, and students; (2) teaching a core of common knowledge and ethics; (3) ensuring success for all students by expanding learning opportunities for students at all levels; (4) empowering teachers, administrators, and parent groups; (5) preparing teachers specifically for the middle grades; (6) improving academic performance through improving students' health and fitness; (7) reengaging families in the education of their children; and (8) connecting schools with the communities they serve. The paper places particular emphasis on the role that families can play in each of these areas. It is suggested that middle-grade schools can reengage families by offering parents meaningful roles in school governance, by keeping parents informed, and by offering families opportunities to support the learning process at home and at school. Ten schools in Arkansas received grants to implement the Carnegie Council's eight recommendations. A number of proposals by the Arkansas State Department of Education to implement a middle grade assessment program in that state's schools are discussed. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Arkansas; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Model Schools; School Improvement Projects
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Orlando, FL, February 17, 1992).