ERIC Number: ED401373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Parents Are Lifesavers. A Handbook for Parent Involvement in Schools.
Batey, Carol S.
Practical and well-defined solutions are presented to build effective and long-lasting partnerships among parents, educators, and community members for the improvement of schools. A step-by-step model is presented, with an outline to guide anyone attempting to involve parents in their children's schools. Chapter 1, "My Journey to Parent Involvement," tells the history of personal experiences as a parent volunteer and school activist. Chapter 2, "Creating a Climate for Parent Participation," details methods for creating a context for parent participation and lists effective strategies that go beyond a mere invitation to participate. The networking process is examined in Chapter 3, "Forming a Volunteer Network: Starting from Scratch," which shows how parents can work together in volunteer associations. Chapter 4, "Using Parents' Expertise," focuses on gaining the benefits of parents' knowledge and experience in the school and at home. Chapter 5, "Strategies for Successful Parent Involvement," highlights a few principals who have successfully created strategies for parent participation. The outcomes of efforts to involve parents and their abilities are discussed in Chapter 6, "Educators, Parents, and Community Involvement--It Works! It Works! It Works!" Case examples explore parent participation. A resource section includes a parent participation contract and other documents to use in developing participation programs. Eighteen suggested readings are included. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Networks, Parent Associations, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Principals, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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