ERIC Number: ED373130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the Involvement of Underrepresented Families in an Urban High School Ninth Grade Through Enhanced Communication and Community Outreach.
Gallagher, Dennis P.
This practicum was designed to develop and implement innovative strategies to improve home/school communication and to increase family involvement of hard-to-reach parents in an effort to cultivate healthy home/school relationships and an open and friendly school climate resulting in a more effective high school. The writer established an advisory of stakeholders to govern a family outreach project, organized a program to provide student greeters and tour guides for school visitors, and enriched the hospitable feeling of the school's entrance area. Written, telephone, and face-to-face communication was increased and a comprehensive application of electronic media was targeted at underrepresented families. The writer advocated building personal relationships with families through school social events and collaborated with community-based organizations to foster healthy home/school relationships. Examination of the data revealed that as a result of this initiative there was a heightened awareness and interest in school/family relationships as well as the importance of school culture among the school staff. Enhanced communication increased family attendance at school events and raised parent's consciousness of school news and information. Post-survey results indicated that families recognize the school as a more friendly, open, and welcome place. (Contains 61 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Educationally Disadvantaged, Grade 9, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Junior High Schools, Outreach Programs, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Culture, Secondary School Students, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.