ERIC Number: ED430163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Families Communicate Pilot Project. Austin Independent School District Publication 97.15.
The Families Communicate pilot project provides early intervention at the home campuses for students having discipline problems and their families. The interactive curriculum is presented in four sessions: (1) communication; (2) anger management; (3) conflict resolution; and (4) problem solving. Facilitators were trained, and the pilot project was implemented during the 1997-98 school year. Eighty students from six campuses participated with their parents in the four-session program. Goals of the pilot project include: (1) to increase the number of on-campus support programs for students and their families; (2) to increase the early intervention options principals have in working with students showing signs of persistent behavior problems; (3) to enhance staff skills in working with at-risk students and their families; and (4) to reduce the number of referrals for alternative education. Table 1 describes student characteristics. Table 2 shows rates of school attendance, discipline, and passing TAAS. A summary of student-parent joint evaluations is presented in Table 3. Suggestions for improvement of the program are reviewed in the text. Overall, the project was considered a success. Current data will provide a baseline for future project evaluations. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.