ERIC Number: ED462474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Setting the Stage for Success: Bringing Parents into Education Reform as Advocates for Higher Student Achievement. A Report on Lessons Learned from the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Returning Results.
Kroll, Janet; Sexton, Robert F.; Raimondo, Beverly N.; Corbett, H. Dickson; Wilson, Bruce
This report presents an evaluation of the Prichard Committee for Excellence's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, which trains Kentucky parents as informed advocates for educational excellence. The evaluation examined whether Institute training would increase parents' understanding of education reform and willingness to work for improvement; whether parents used their new knowledge and skills to exercise effective school leadership; Institute strengths and weaknesses; and whether the Institute works equally well in diverse communities. Data from a demographic examination of Institute graduates and surveys of 1998 and 1999 graduates highlighted five ways parents can promote change that affects students: accepting and communicating the message that schools must serve all students well; gathering data about school needs and presenting findings publicly; talking knowledgeably about educational issues; initiating activities that make schools more welcoming for parents and promote productive parent-teacher communication; and leveraging contacts made during training into additional resources for change. Organizations promoting parental involvement should take such actions as seeking diverse parents, providing high quality training, and developing reasonable outcome expectations. Evaluation strategies to facilitate program improvement include having ongoing communication between evaluators and project staff, ensuring there are no surprises in report findings, and building flexibility into evaluation design. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Leadership, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parents, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Lexington, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky