ERIC Number: ED312782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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The Transparent School: Using New Technology To Improve Parent Involvement.
Bauch, Jerold P.
To increase interactions and to improve communication between the school and home, the TransParent School concept was developed. The TransParent School Model (TSM) includes computer-based calling from the school and uses electronic mailboxes so parents can call and hear a message from the teacher every day. The model, first implemented in a school in Huntsville, Alabama, is currently in various stages of planning, implementation, or operation in 10 states. An evaluation of the effects of the model at the Carter Lawrence Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee, which serves 315 families, indicated that: (1) the TSM accounted for 70 to 110 daily contacts between teachers and parents; (2) calls from homes increased over all other parent/teacher contacts 580 percent during one test period; (3) parents initiated contacts with the school about six times more often than they had previously; and (4) students from homes that frequently used the model's services showed a significant increase in homework completion. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference for Parent Involvement in Education (2nd, Charlotte, NC, October 3, 1989).