ERIC Number: ED212980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Guide for Planning an Outreach Strategy.
Smith, Nancy J.; Harris, Mary McDonnell
Educators, recognizing the role of the home in preparing a child for reading and in fostering reading growth, have organized outreach programs to systematically utilize home influence. However, thoughtful planning is needed if these programs are to make the most of family involvement. Consideration of who, what, when, where, and how provides a structure to guide the information gathering process necessary for decision making in program planning. In thinking of who can be reached, it is helpful to consider who, other than the parent, has concern for the child. It is also wise to consider who, in addition to a school agency, can contact advocates, conduct meetings, distribute literature, and perform other tasks associated with a particular project. Another factor that is essential to the success of an outreach program is identifying its objectives. The following questions should be helpful in determining what the program should accomplish: (1) Is the goal to increase the child's interaction with a more mature speaker or reader? (2) Should the program provide skill instruction for adults? (3) Should the program teach advocates how to facilitate acquisition of reading skills by children? and (4) Should the program promote family support for education and facilitate information exchange? Once the goals of a program have been established, some of the specific means of accomplishing these goals can be addressed. Final consideration should be given to when and where the program will occur. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Plains Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (9th, Des Moines, IA, October 22-24, 1981).