ERIC Number: ED407122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Parents' Guide to Advocating for Children in Alaska's Schools.
Parents know their children better than any outside expert and can use that knowledge to advocate for their children. This handbook is designed to assist parents in Alaska in advocating for their children, with the eventual goal of helping children identify situations that need advocacy and to take responsibility for advocating for themselves. Section 1, "Rights and Responsibilities," delineates parents' rights and responsibilities regarding their children's education. Section 2, "20 Questions: Common Concerns among Parents," presents answers to specific questions ranging from whether parents can request a specific teacher to how much to tell their child's teacher about their family life. In Section 3, "When Our Children Are in Trouble," parents and professionals discuss how to handle clashes between school authorities and students and how to advocate when the child is clearly breaking a rule. Section 4, "When Our Children Have Special Needs," provides an overview of federal and Alaska state law, and advice from parents who are veterans of special education advocacy. Section 5, "When Cultures Collide," discusses how to advocate for children from Alaska Native, American Indian, African American, and Hispanic families. Section 6, "Effective Communication," offers tips on how to navigate the system of public education and presents the "Ladder of Participation," a communications model. Section 7, "Resource Guide," lists statewide agencies and organizations and hotline numbers for parents and children. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indians, Black Students, Child Advocacy, Children, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Special Education, Special Needs Students
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Women's Commission, Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska