ERIC Number: ED411989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Families Get Involved! Learning Partners.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Media and Information Services.
Noting that families who are involved in their children's education make a difference in their child's performance, this two-page information sheet encourages families to get involved by listing the benefits of family involvement on one side and the ways adult family members can help in the school on the other. As a result of family participation: (1) parents improve communication with their children; (2) children attain higher grades and test scores; (3) children have better school attendance; (4) children are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college; (5) parents gain a sense of accomplishment; (6) parents gain a stronger social network with other parents and the community; (7) parents participate in the life of the school, experiencing first-hand the teaching and learning that occurs; (8) everyone's learning is strengthened as parents share their values and high expectations for their children; (9) children learn good study habits by reading with parents, following a daily homework routine, watching television wisely, and being involved in enrichment activities; and (10) parents may decide to continue their own education. Ways families can be involved in school include: (1) chaperoning field trips or social events; (2) volunteering for special projects; (3) participating in community activities or fundraising through bake sales or book fairs; (4) tutoring other children; (5) making phone calls and contacting other families about special events; (6) serving as a class resource by sharing knowledge of other countries, ethnic groups, or jobs; (7) helping as an office aide or a teacher's aide; and (8) providing leadership by participating in the parent-teacher association, school board, and other meetings and activities. (LPP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Media and Information Services.
Note: Information in this paper was taken from "Reaching All Families: Creating Family-Friendly Schools", see ED 400 117; and "Strong Families, Strong Schools", see ED 371 909.