ERIC Number: ED418480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Urgent Message: Families Crucial to School Reform.
Lewis, Anne C.; Henderson, Anne T.
This report contends that the school reform movement--seemingly well-constructed from a distance--is failing to change in a significant way what and how students learn. This is because it lacks a solid foundation built from the ground up and an informed and active school community, including parents. Using case studies the report examines various reform strategies and presents ways to include parents in change. The key ways parents and families are engaged in school reform are: 1) pushing the system, e.g., pressing for higher standards and an effective system of accountability, insisting on high quality public schools, and creating alternative public schools if the local schools fail; 2) helping design local school improvement, e.g., sitting on school improvement committees, monitoring results, and checking student work to ensure it reflects both high standards and high performance; and 3) taking part in the parent involvement opportunities created by the reforms, e.g., participating in school governance councils that set policy, helping more parents to become actively engaged in the school, and attending staff development sessions. Appendices include research and reference material, and a table of parent-involvement provisions. (RJM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Social Change
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Education, Washington, DC.