ERIC Number: ED459521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening the Connection between School and Home. Essentials for Principals[TM].
This guide is intended for school leaders acting to involve families in the education of their children. A common concern is the amount and kinds of family involvement that lead to a positive school climate and higher student achievement. To address this concern, strategies are outlined to help school leaders in deciding upon the kinds of family involvement that are appropriate for the school. Sample survey instruments are included to involve both principals and families in the decision-making process, along with information about building on survey results in developing a strong family-school partnership. Further information about printed and face-to-face communication methods are presented, including parent conferences. Test scores and helping with homework are topics given emphasis. Steps are considered that school leaders can take to create an overall school climate that lets families know they are welcome and appreciated. Appendix A contains letters and forms in both English and Spanish for conducting sample surveys. Appendix B contains reproducible materials for presentations. (Contains 68 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Guides, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family Role, Family School Relationship, Homework, Parent Empowerment, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Principals, Scores
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 (Order #ESTC, $24.95). Tel: 800-386-2377 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-396-2377 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.naesp.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.; National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.
Note: "With Deborah Perkins-Gough and Shanara McKinnon."