ERIC Number: ED407509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Parent Involvement in School-to-Work. Resource Bulletin.
National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.
Parents are the most important influence on students and can be a major help in school-to-work programs. Because school-to-work is a new national initiative, however, parents may have limited understanding of the opportunities these systems provide. In national surveys, parents report that they want more information about how to become involved in their children's career planning. National and local programs are thus trying to connect parents to resources that help them to understand the opportunities and teach them how to help their children to develop the attitudes and skills needed to succeed in work. Teachers play a pivotal role in establishing and maintaining parent involvement efforts. A strong relationship with a career counselor at the school can also help students to reach their educational goals and to involve parents in helping in the process. Some school-to-work programs involve parents in creating individual occupational plans, similar to the Individual Education Plans developed for students with disabilities. Once parents receive information about school-to-work programs and ideas for working with their children, they often become advocates for the program in their communities. (Short descriptions of effective parent involvement practices in school-to-work programs in three school districts are included in the report. Contains five references and descriptions of six organizations.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counselor Role, Education Work Relationship, High Schools, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parents as Teachers, School Business Relationship, Teacher Role
National School-to-Work Office, 400 Virginia Avenue, S.W., Room 210, Washington, DC 20024; 800-251-7236; fax: 202-401-6211; World Wide Web: http://www.stw.ed.gov.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School-to-Work Opportunities Office, Washington, DC.