ERIC Number: ED331839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
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Increasing Contact between Home and the High School.
School and family surveys were conducted to study home-school contact for families with high school students. Methods for a public high school to increase such contact are described. About 33% (108) of the teachers, counselors, and administrators at a public high school (with an enrollment of about 2,200 students) answered a questionnaire in February 1990 concerning their contact with students' families that year. Eighteen of the respondents were advisors to first-year students. Respondents had talked with between 0 and 125 families, with a median of 10. Slightly over half of the contact was conducted by phone, and about half was initiated by the school staff member. Teachers were more likely than counselors to think that the outcome of the contact was positive. About 6% (135) of family members of students completed a questionnaire in October 1990 concerning home school contact. Respondents, though not extensively involved, appeared more involved with the school than non-responding families. Efforts to involve more parents included improving communications, using the languages spoken in the community. Community outreach and parent information nights promoted involvement. A Parent Advisory Council was formed, and small support groups for parents were developed. The school was restructured into "houses" to form smaller communities, and parent liaison staff was designated. A summary of survey results is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (14th, Boston, MA, February 13-16, 1991).