ERIC Number: ED455027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Family Involvement in Children's Education: Successful Local Approaches. An Idea Book. Abridged Version.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Schools that are most successful in engaging parents and other family members in support of their children's learning look beyond traditional definitions of parent involvement to a broader conception of supporting families in activities outside of school that can encourage their children's learning. This idea book is intended to assist educators, parents, and policymakers as they develop school-family partnerships, identifying and describing successful strategies used by 20 local Title I programs. Following an executive summary, the book notes resources for involving families in education, includes research supporting such partnerships, and describes how Title I encourages partnerships. Next, the book describes successful local approaches to family involvement in education, organized around strategies for overcoming common barriers to family involvement, including: (1) overcoming time and resource constraints; (2) providing information and training to parents and school staff; (3) restructuring schools to support family involvement; (4) bridging school-family differences; and (5) tapping external supports for partnerships. Finally, the book presents conclusions about establishing and sustaining partnerships, noting that at the same time that successful partnerships share accountability, specific stakeholders must assume individual responsibility, and that those schools that succeed in involving large numbers of parents invest energy in finding solutions for problems, not excuses. The book's two appendices present descriptions of 20 successful local approaches to family involvement and sign-on information for the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education. (Contains 13 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions
ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I