ERIC Number: ED351112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-6
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Increasing Parental Involvement in the Primary Grades: The Magowan School Model.
Each school's version of a partnership with parents is unique, and no generic model exists. Designated in 1988 as one of 14 model schools in the New Jersey State Department of Education "Parents as Partners in Learning" project, the Mildred Magowan school in Edgewater Park has followed a systematic approach that has consistently led to increased involvement of parents in their young children's education. Though historically Magowan had welcomed parents in traditional ways, an 8-step program for expanding parental participation was introduced in 1980. Currently, a 22-step continuum is utilized. Each step in the continuum represents a higher level of parental involvement than the previous step. These steps include parents': (1) attending promotion exercises; (2) attending classroom plays and presentations; (3) sponsoring curriculum-related and family-oriented activities; (4) participating on committees that influence school curricula and policies; (5) making presentations on their areas of expertise; (6) practicing vocabulary and number facts with children in the classroom; and (7) assisting in classroom learning activities after being trained by the teacher. Since the implementation of this model, the number of involved parents has increased gradually, with a higher percentage of parents each year, compared to the previous year, volunteering at the highest level of involvement. Parents and teachers concur that their collaboration has enriched Magowan students' learning. Contains 16 references. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Edgewater Park Township School District NJ; Parents as Partners in Learning Project NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (20th, Flagstaff, AZ, August 2-7, 1992).