ERIC Number: ED403037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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The Parent Difference: Uniting School, Family, and Community. Revised Edition.
Barclay, Kathy; Boone, Elizabeth
Establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with families and members of the community are among the most challenging tasks facing educators today. This book explores why these partnerships are difficult to create and how they can be established. The book attempts to help educators understand that they have little control over changing the attitudes and actions of family members and community members until they first address the negative attitudes that prevail among many school staffs. The chapters in the guide are: (1) "Beyond Open Houses, Fund Raisers, and Room Mothers: What Research Tells Us about Parent Involvement"; (2) "Barriers to Involvement"; (3) "Sharing Policies and Procedures: Creating an Effective School Handbook"; (4) "Read All about It! Creating Effective Written Communications for Classrooms and Schools"; (5) "Getting to Know You...Open Houses and Parent Programs"; (6) "Planning and Delivering and Effective Parent Education Program"; (7) "The 'Whys' and 'Hows' of Home Visiting"; (8) "Assessment and the Reporting of Pupil Progress"; (9) "Planning and Implementing Effective Parent Conferences"; (10) "Getting Parents and Community Members Involved: Keys to an Effective Volunteer Program"; (11) "School-Community Partnerships: Fostering Positive Public Relations"; (12) "Empowering Parents to Serve as Advocates for the Education of Their Children"; and (13) "Building a Comprehensive Plan for Family and Community Involvement." Two appendices list suggested books and print resources for a parent library, and videotapes for parent education. (HTH)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Outreach Programs, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
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