ERIC Number: ED462710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Family-School Partnerships: Essential Elements of Literacy Instruction in the United States. A Position Statement of the International Reading Association.
International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Because family involvement is a potentially powerful element of effective literacy instruction, the International Reading Association (IRA) believes parents, family and community members, teachers, school administrators, researchers, and policymakers must be aware of its importance and must receive information and training that allows them to effectively execute their respective roles in establishing family involvement in literacy learning. This position paper considers the effectiveness of family involvement programs and the essential nature of teacher preparation and professional development. The paper then poses and addresses a number of school-level questions and classroom-level questions about parent or family involvement. Noting that an outcomes-based approach to educator preparation reflects what is known about the interconnected roles of the school, family, and community in children's learning and development, the paper makes several relevant recommendations for teacher educators, teachers, and school administrators. (Contains 20 references and lists related resources.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Literacy, Partnerships in Education, Position Papers, Teacher Education
Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139. Web site: http://www.reading.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.