ERIC Number: ED430135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Parent Involvement in Service Learning. Linking Learning with Life.
Kaye, Cathryn Berger
This guide focuses on the crucial role parents have regarding children and service. Section 1, developing a strategy for parent involvement, discusses parent support for service learning at school and parents' reinforcement of family participation in community service. Section 2, keeping parents informed, addresses three topics: information to provide to parents about the value of service learning for students; checklist of ideas to use when developing a parent education plan; and methods to integrate service learning into the framework of communication with parents. Section 3, involvement with school service learning, describes these parent roles: become parent liaisons, organize a phone tree, brainstorm with teachers, group work with teachers and students, contact community organizations, chaperone or drive on field trips, collect supplies, document activities, assist in the classroom, assist in service, attend student exhibitions, help with writing grants, attend conferences as school representatives, coordinate family service opportunities, and network with other schools. Section 4, families serving together provides a framework to present ideas on family service to parents and can be formatted as a handout that covers getting started, encouraging children to help regularly, family action, and reflection. Other topics discussed are service learning and literacy, short- and long-term participation, and establishing resources for families. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Service Learning, Student Participation
National Dropout Prevention Center, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University, 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC 29634-0726; Tel: 864-656-2599; Web site: http://www.dropoutprevention.org/ ($6).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC.; South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia.
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.
Note: For related documents, see CE 078 654-667. Illustrations may not reproduce clearly.