ERIC Number: ED398670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
PACT Manual: Parent and Community Teams for School Success. ABC Dropout Prevention and Intervention Series.
Larson, Katherine; Rumberger, Russell
This manual describes the PACT (Parent and Community Team) for School Success concept, which was developed from insights and techniques gained from three dropout and intervention projects with high-risk junior high school youth and families. PACT focuses on ways to initiate and maintain a group that meets frequently to create ongoing cohesive support for parents concerning issues of adolescent development, especially dropout prevention. Discussed in Part 1 are reasons why PACT is needed and examples of collaboration. Part 2 describes potential benefits of using PACT for youth, parents, schools, the community, and organizations. Part 3 provides material on how to organize a PACT group including information on basic team terms, different types of teams, recruiting team members, examples of building trust, and training guidelines. Part 4 presents suggested meeting topics in three areas: getting involved in a teen's schooling, guiding and disciplining teens, and getting help and support from community resources. Part 5 provides resource lists that include organizations, brochures, catalogs, hot lines, federal agencies, parent training materials, and seminars and workshops. An appendix describes the three federal dropout prevention and intervention programs for youth in special education known as the ABC Projects: ALAS (Achievement for Latinos through Academic Success), the Belief Academy; and Check & Connect. Contains 39 endnotes. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Community Involvement, Dropout Prevention, Group Dynamics, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Intervention, Junior High Schools, Parent Associations, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Development, Program Implementation, Social Support Groups, Teamwork
Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive, S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($8).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Santa Barbara. Graduate School of Education.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; Minneapolis Public Schools, MN.; Seattle Public Schools, WA.; Washington Univ., Seattle. Coll. of Education.