ERIC Number: ED419967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Tellin' Stories Project. Final Evaluation Report.
Ziegler, Mary F.
The Tellin' Stories Project in Washington, DC, was developed to increase the involvement of economically disadvantaged, often limited English-speaking parents in the educational process of their children. The project connected parents, educators, schools, and communities. The third-year evaluation process consisted of these activities: a focus group with parents, staff, and a teacher involved in the project; review of project documents; interviews with parents and teachers; and observation of project activities. The evaluation found that the project has made excellent progress in achieving its goals. It has developed family-oriented activities such as workshops, story-telling training workshops, summer story-telling institute, writing activities, and helping parents teaching children through stories, for 450 parents. The project also has built parental collaboration across linguistic, ethnic, and racial barriers. The project has encouraged respect for children's culture and family traditions, and has increased the input of parents into school policy and practice. Parents have become more comfortable in the school and the classroom. The project also developed a reproducible model that includes these steps: (1) promoting the project, (2) initiation, (3) coordination, (4) invitation, (5) facilitation and training, (6) transferring learning, (7) documenting outcomes, and (8) dissemination. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.