ERIC Number: ED424933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Parents as School Partners Dissemination Kit.
National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.
Parents as School Partners is a volunteer research initiative of the National Council of Jewish Women and its research institute, called the Center for the Child. This initiative focuses on parent involvement to promote children's school success. This document contains a project overview and six accompanying reports providing a detailed presentation of the project's activities: (1) surveys of 193 school district superintendents regarding the existence of parent involvement policies and the types of programs being enacted to implement these policies; (2) 33 focus groups with parents, teachers, and principals about what parent involvement means to them and what they need to make it work; (3) a compilation of replicable school-based programs for enhancing parent involvement; (4) a literature review of over 200 articles on the impact of parent involvement on children's school success. The findings provided a broad description of current issues in the field of parent involvement and revealed that although there was widespread consensus among parents and educators that parent involvement is critical to children's school success, parents and schools do not share a vision of how to educate children. Both parents and teachers identified a need for open dialogue between homes and schools, especially for interactions that are positive and not problem-focused. Professional and inservice training for teachers on working with families is not widely available. The findings reported that most model parent involvement programs require parents to conform to school practice rather than training educators to accommodate to the culture of parents, or to incorporate parents' views. The six accompanying reports include, "Program Compilation: Replicable Programs to Enhance Parent Involvement"; "Literature Review: A Critical Review of the Research Evidence"; "Parent Focus Groups: Voices from the Field"; "Teacher Focus Groups: Voices from the Field"; "School Principal Focus Groups: Voices from the Field"; and "School District Superintendents Survey: Parent Involvement Policies, Programs, & Practices." (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Focus Groups, Information Dissemination, Literature Reviews, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Partnerships in Education, Principals, Superintendents, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, Clayton, MO.; General Mills Foundation, Wayzata, MN.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY. Center for the Child.