ERIC Number: ED266528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Improving Home-School Communications. Fastback 230.
Gotts, Edward E.; Purnell, Richard F.
Communicating effectively with parents and the wider community is important to schools for a number of reasons. Community members are more supportive of schools that they feel they understand, and the significant role parents play in their children's education can only be affected by the schools if effective communication exists. Four methods of communication are especially useful with groups of parents: newsletters, open houses, handbooks, and parent organizations. Communicating with parents individually may involve parent-teacher conferences, home visits, interviews, and phone calls or letters. Efforts to inform parents should be continued through their children's secondary school years because parental interest remains high even though their active participation is often reduced. Effective use of the kinds of communication covered here can serve as a starting point for broader school-community relations efforts. These efforts include soliciting citizen involvement as volunteers in the schools and developing partnerships with community businesses. Resource materials providing useful information on various aspects of school-community relations are cited throughout this publication. (PGD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Communication, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Public Relations, School Community Relationship, School Involvement
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Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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