ERIC Number: ED359315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Building Home-School Partnerships for Learning: Workshops for Urban Educators. Pilot Version.
Moles, Oliver, Ed.
School-initiated activities to change the home educational environment can strongly influence student learning, even in schools serving low-income and minority families. This sourcebook shows various ways that schools can take the initiative in reaching out and working with families as equal partners; and explores how family life, school programs, teacher practices, and district policies can help build home-school partnerships for learning. The following five workshops give urban educators new data and strategies for working with parents of elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6: (1) "Families as Learning Environments"; (2) "School Programs and Practices"; (3) "Communication Skills and Strategies"; (4) "Homework and Home Learning Activities"; and (5) "School District Policies and Supports for Home-School Partnerships." The workshops emphasize home-school partnerships, home learning activities (homework, leisure reading, family discussions, and other home activities that supplement and reinforce schoolwork), home learning environments, and family strengths. Each workshop contains a leader's guide (a workshop overview, notes on needed preparations, background information, and ways of conducting each workshop activity), transparency masters, and a workbook for participants. An appendix presents information on further strategies to reach and involve parents; Federal Government programs; and information about urban families of diverse nationalities and different racial and ethnic backgrounds; and annotated lists of readings and resource organizations. (RLC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Family School Relationship, Learning, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Parent Participation, Parent Workshops, Partnerships in Education, School Role, Teacher Role, Urban Teaching, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: This pilot version contains complete project documentation. A reduced-size final version is projected.