ERIC Number: ED337317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Meeting the Challenge of Rural Dropout Students: Making a Difference through Parent-School Collaboration.
Green, Jennie Spencer; Sancho, Anthony R.
In recent years, educators have recognized the importance of effective parent and community partnerships for improving school participation of at-risk students. A survey of six southwestern states showed that parent and educator attitudes toward parent involvement were positive, but that little teacher training in this area was occurring and that educators often frustrated enthusiastic parents by relegating them to traditional roles such as school supporter or audience. A series of Wisconsin studies confirmed that: (1) the family provides the primary educational environment; (2) parent involvement improves student achievement; (3) parent involvement is most effective when it is comprehensive, long-lasting, and well planned; (4) parent involvement is beneficial in high school, as well as in the lower grades; (5) low-income and minority students have the most to gain, but parents do not have to be well educated to be involved; and (6) the interconnections among home, school, and community are important. School programs aimed at increasing parent involvement require site-specific development and leadership and should be sensitive to student development stages, the changing nature of American families, and the particular needs of the local population. Parents can serve as valuable resources in the education of their children as teachers, as partners in educational decisionmaking, and as community representatives. Strategies for implementing parent-school partnerships could involve parent education, giving parents follow-up assistance, allowing parents to take the initiative, or allowing parents to make recommendations. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).