ERIC Number: ED372534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Collaborating with Families.
This chapter on collaborating with families is taken from a guide to designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction and services for students with disabilities. The chapter provides information abut values-based, family-centered programs that will involve all families and improve education programs and student outcomes. The tone is meant to be supportive of both school and home. The chapter discusses what collaboration with families involves, what the families' rights and responsibilities are in the educational process, and why new ideas and models are needed for collaborating with increasingly diverse families. It presents strategies, ideas, and guidelines for developing value-based, family-centered education and encourages respect for others' values, rights, and beliefs. It analyzes reasons why family members are not involved in the schools, offers strategies for improving meeting and conference outcomes, and describes the role of parent resource centers. Checklists address components of collaboration for professionals and families, improving school-family interactions, bridges and barriers to school-home communication, and strategies for involving families. (Contains 34 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Individual Differences, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Rights, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Program Design, Program Implementation, Social Values, Values
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Chapter 4 in: Billingsley, Bonnie S.; And Others. Program Leadership for Serving Students with Disabilities; see EC 303 164.