ERIC Number: ED374195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
An Alternative Approach To Increase Parent Involvement among Culturally Diverse Families.
Ortner, Maria Laura
An attempt was made to improve parent involvement of culturally and ethnically diverse families in an elementary school with 35 to 39 percent minority students, as well as to establish a climate of cooperation between school and home and to attempt to reduce the student mobility rate. A Welcome Committee was created to reach diverse families. This committee consisted of volunteer staff members and parents who were identified and trained by the writer. Teams of two conducted home visits welcoming families and providing specific information on the school. The project was designed to establish, from the very beginning, a cooperative relationship between families and the school. Teachers were surveyed before and after the implementation of the Welcome Committee. The student mobility rate was also measured before and after, and parents completed surveys. Analyses reveal that the Welcome Committee significantly improved the level of parent involvement for minorities. Teacher perceptions of involvement of minority parents also improved, and the student mobility rate decreased from 59.2 to 35.9 percent. Appendixes contain the parent survey in English and Spanish, Welcome Committee guidelines, and a press release. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.