ERIC Number: ED345915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Home/School Partnerships: Migrant Parent Involvement Report.
Salerno, Anne; Fink, Mary
This report summarizes findings by the Parental Resources for Involvement in Migrant Education (PRIME) project on the current status of parent involvement in the Migrant Education Program. The literature consistently stresses the importance of parent and family influence on student achievement. Children from low income and minority families have the most to gain from parent involvement; parents do not have to be well educated to help. Changing the term "parental involvement" to "home-school partnership" means recognizing the sharing of responsibility between home and school. Although most states embrace the concept of partnership, few have allocated the staff or funding needed to put the concept into practice. A panel of six experts from diverse ethnic backgrounds met in Albany in February 1991. They discussed the parent involvement practices in their programs, matching parent training and materials to community needs, homework as a possible link between school and home, the parent's role as advocate, recognizing the impact of cultural differences, and making parents feel welcome in school. Migrant parents discussed barriers to parent involvement, strategies to involve fathers and other family members, and the importance of gaining the support of the business community and migrant employers. A survey of state directors of migrant education provided information on successful parent involvement strategies: home visits, at-home learning activities, parent training, cultural enrichment activities, improved parent access, and improved school-home communication. An appendix outlines state responses. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center, Geneseo, NY.