ERIC Number: ED402107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Parent Support and Involvement at Apollo Middle School.
Traditionally, parent involvement in schools has centered around management or organizational concerns; parents are "helping hands" to deal with activities and problems of running the school, providing extra services the school cannot afford. This paper describes ways to involve parents directly in students' academic achievement, asserting that it is the direct responsibility of the principal and staff to keep energies and efforts focused on academic concerns at all times. The paper distinguishes between parent involvement, which refers to parents taking part in activities or efforts at school, and parent support, which is any means by which parent actions or attitudes reinforce the academic program of the school at home. The establishment of a parental involvement and support committee at Apollo Middle School (Nashville, Tennessee) is described, including the creation of a school plan for parent support. Suggestions are given on presenting the plan to parents and ensuring follow-through, including the provision of community activities within the school building to "lure" parents into the school. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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