ERIC Number: ED341512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Parent-School Collaboration: A Compendium of Strategies for Parent Involvement.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy. Office of Community Education.
This compendium provides 73 programmatic approaches for involving parents in their children's education. These strategies demonstrate the broad range of ways in which principals and teachers communicate with parents and work to help them support their children's learning. The strategies are organized into six categories. The first is home-school communications, which includes approaches for introducing families to school policies and programs, ongoing communication, ways to create a "welcoming environment," ways to improve communication with hard-to-reach parents, and outreach strategies. Under the second category, parents as supporters of the school and their children's learning, approaches for recruiting volunteers and encouraging parent are approaches for recruiting volunteers and encouraging parent involvement, and ways for community businesses to acknowledge parent volunteers are described. Strategies discussed under the category of parents as teachers involve school-based workshops and information for parents, and specialized workshops in community settings. The parents as learners category includes approaches for providing homework assistance, encouraging outside reading, tutoring, recruiting parents to serve as mentors, and enhancing education outside of school. The fifth category, parents as advisors and decision makers, includes strategies for parent representation on committees and councils and the invitation of parental input. The last category, support systems that help schools expand parent involvement in education, provides strategies for school-based and community-based support systems. (GLR)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Home Visits, Newsletters, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Workshops, Participative Decision Making, Social Support Groups, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy. Office of Community Education.