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ERIC Number: ED402505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Creating Partnerships with Parents To Improve Schools. A Handbook for Educators.
Iowa State Council on Vocational Education, Des Moines.
This handbook provides educators with a step-by-step guide to partnering with parents. Introductory materials include research findings and beliefs about parent involvement in schools and a checklist to determine if the educator is ready to develop a partnership with parents. The eight steps to a parent/school partnership follow. Step 1, define why you want parents as partners, lists student, educator, and parent benefits. Step 2 offers suggestions to gain high-level commitment. Step 3, clarify what the partners need from the partnership, makes recommendations for designing a parent questionnaire and provides a sample parent needs assessment. Step 4, create a parent involvement advisory team, includes a membership grid that lists the groups to be represented and leaves spaces for suggested representatives and those recruited. Step 5 considers elements for success: written policies, administrative support, training, partnership approach, two-way communication, networking, and evaluation. Step 6, successful parent involvement strategies, presents a framework for organizing successful strategies for improving schools in which parents take on these roles: teachers, decision makers, supporters, advocates, and learners. Sample materials for parents are provided. Step 7 offers a checklist for developing and implementing a parent involvement plan using the parent involvement advisory team. Step 8 provides a program evaluation flowchart. Contains four examples of parent/educator programs and a list of 41 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Council on Vocational Education, Des Moines.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For related documents, see ED 395 184 and CE 073 199.