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ERIC Number: ED106426
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-15
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A Model Program Increasing School Participation of Parents of Foreign Born Students.
Cafero, Lawrence F.
This practicum describes the methods used by the principal of a Middle School in Norwalk, Connecticut, to improve and increase the participation of parents of foreign born students in school affairs. Emphasis was placed on the personal involvement by the staff of each school to encourage parents to attend school meetings and functions. The practicum included the reproduction and examination of the materials used in each of the three participating middle schools; i.e. the brochures used at Ponus Ridge, Benjamin Franklin and Nathan Hale schools, respectively. Parent participation resulted in more positive pupil involvement in academic and extra-curricular activities. The practicum also emphasized a greater involvement on the part of the staff of each school in bringing to the parents concerned all the necessary information needed by them to be knowledgeable about the total school program, thus completing a productive triangle of a staff-parent-student positive communication system. Experience in observing the three middle schools involved in this practicum revealed the need for, and led to the creation of, a program to involve parents of foreign born students. Representative parents in each of the schools were asked to become members of an Advisory Council in order to help solve some problems known to exist in parent-school communications. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut