ERIC Number: ED433148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Parents Are Powerful = Los Padres Tienen Poder.
Center for Law and Education, Washington, DC.
Based on the view that parents should participate in key decisions about their children's schooling, this booklet, in English and Spanish versions, provides advice and suggestions for parents on ways to be involved in their children's education. The booklet begins with a letter addressed to parents, outlining possible parental roles in their children's education, delineating rights of students with limited English skills, and describing ways of advocating for their children. Section 2 of the booklet describes children in the preschool years, what they should be learning, what to look for in a good preschool program, and signs that a child needs help. Section 3 describes what elementary school children should be learning, what to look for in a good school, and what parents can do if their child has a problem. Section 4 describes students in the middle school years, what they should be learning, and tips for dealing with problems. Section 5 describes high school students, what to look for in a good high school, questions to ask the high school student, some things they should be learning, and signs that they may drop out. Section 6 discusses higher standards for all students, what parents can do if their child is not meeting the standards, parent rights in dealing with standards, and tracking. Additional sections include information on key federal programs for children, Title I, options if a child has a disability, vocational education, and the Community Action for Public Schools network. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Federal Programs, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parents, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Education, School Community Relationship, Standards, Student Rights
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Kraft General Foods Foundation, Glenview, IL.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Education, Washington, DC.