ERIC Number: ED402505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
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)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents as Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Council on Vocational Education, Des Moines.
Note: For related documents, see ED 395 184 and CE 073 199.