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ERIC Number: ED308630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Implementing an Educational Contract.
Bouie, Edward L., Sr.; And Others
Although parents are their children's first and most influential teachers, parents are sometimes absent from the schools' educational process. Based on research stressing the positive connection between parental involvement and student achievement, the DeKalb County School system (Decatur, Georgia) has implemented several strategies to increase parents' participation in their children's education. One such strategy is the educational contract that teams the efforts of students, parents, and teachers to enhance student achievement. The decision to implement the educational contract was an outgrowth of DeKalb's time-on-task study and the system's focus on greater academic achievement. In that study, behaviors interrupting instruction were identified, and conscientious efforts were made to eliminate them. The school also emphasized that time allocated for instruction be used appropriately. Parent involvement was seen as an alternative strategy to a longer school day. Involving parents not only extends study time, but provides modeling by the person most influential in the child's learning. When both parents and teachers convey high expectations, children realize that education is valued in their homes. Ways to solicit parents' help and provide ceremony for the contract-signing process are discussed. Six references and a copy of DeKalb's educational contract are included. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A