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ERIC Number: ED405446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
A New Understanding of Parent Involvement: Family--Work--School Conference Proceedings (New York, New York, April 12-13, 1996).
Ferguson, Sue, Comp.; Towsend-Butterworth, Diana, Comp.
A 2-day conference was sponsored by the Department of Special Education and the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation at Teachers College (Columbia University, New York), "Working Mother" magazine, The Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, and the U.S. Department of Education. More than 350 parents, teachers, school administrators, community and religious leaders, educational researchers, and employers came to share information and resources on family involvement in children's education. The conference opened with a keynote address by Madeleine Kunin, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education. Keynote addresses the following day were "What Have the Children To Do with It?" given by Maxine Greene and "From Adversaries to Allies" by Thomas Sobol. The conference also drew on the expertise of more than 70 presenters. Participants listened to panel presentations and saw demonstrations of new technology designed to strengthen communication between home and school. Roundtable discussions and workshops provided opportunities for learning about interactive ways to promote parent involvement. The action agenda for the conference consisted of the following issues: (1) a new understanding of parent involvement; (2) strategies for managing the time crunch; (3) overview of research on family involvement in children's learning; (4) creating partnerships; (5) involving fathers in children's learning; (6) choosing responsibility; (7) overcoming the barriers to parent involvement; (8) employers' promise to support families and education; (9) parents and schools, from adversaries to allies; and (10) models of effective family involvement in children's learning. Biographies of the presenters are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.