ERIC Number: ED366485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Increasing Parent Involvement, Student Attendance and Appropriate School Behavior of At-Risk Middle School Students through Parent Partnerships.
Nweze, Billie R.
This practicum used parent partnerships to increase parent involvement, student attendance, and appropriate school behavior at an alternative middle school for 100 at-risk students located in an impoverished rural area. The goals of the project were to: (1) increase parent involvement in the day-to-day activities of the school; (2) provide parenting classes at the school; (3) decrease discipline problems and office referrals of the students; and (4) increase student attendance. At enrollment, parents signed an agreement to volunteer their time and talents to the school. Documentation of parent visits through sign-in sheets showed that parent involvement increased from 285 visits to 472 during the practicum implementation period. Attendance records from parenting classes revealed an average of 59 percent of parents attended the sessions. The number of discipline referrals for a 6-month period decreased from 208 the previous year to 106, and suspensions decreased from 82 to 59. There was a 62 percent decrease in absences during the practicum implementation. Additional components of the practicum included a parent support group, a student support group, a peer leader training program, and a designated parent room in the school. Twenty-one appendices contain parent materials, evaluation forms, and supporting documents. (KS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Counseling, Dropout Prevention, Elementary School Students, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parenthood Education, Parenting Skills, Rural Schools, Student Behavior
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Appendices G (Parent Consent) and N (Student Contract) contain light and broken type.