ERIC Number: ED362280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
School-Community Compacts for Family Involvement in Education. Summary of a Working Conference (MESPA Education Center, Marlboro, Massachusetts, November 19, 1991). Publication No. 17037.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy. Office of Community Education.
In November 1991, teams of elementary school and community members from 11 communities in Massachusetts met to discuss the formation of compacts, or informal agreements describing educational goals and outlining responsibilities, to strengthen the role of families in education: this paper provides a summary of that conference. The first of five sections presents the agenda from the meeting, a directory of participants, a model compact worksheet, and a review of useful practices for involving families in education. The second part provides a composite of the teams' discussions within the framework of a model compact, including sections on goals with respect to family involvement, impediments and other issues concerning implementation, and the responsibilities and expectations of teachers, principals, the school administration, parent organizations, and community groups. Next, the third part reviews the specific goals and challenges identified by each of the 11 teams, and the fourth part presents a list of needs for information, materials, and technical assistance developed by the conference participants. The final section contains two additional items included in participants' packets: a concept paper by the Massachusetts Office of Community Education on the development of compacts and a vision statement endorsed by the school committee of each participating school system. (BCY)
Descriptors: Community Responsibility, Cooperative Planning, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Models, Needs Assessment, Parent Responsibility, School Community Relationship, School Responsibility
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy. Office of Community Education.