ERIC Number: ED466298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Putting Parent Engagement into Action: A Practical Guide. Shared Leadership Series.
Recognizing that social service agencies need to work in partnership with families for children's safety and well-being, this booklet addresses some common barriers faced by local, state, and national attempts at parent engagement by describing practical strategies for successful shared leadership. From examples of how incremental changes in community-based organizations result in large-scale community improvement and policy reform, this booklet distills recommendations, providing concrete ways to bring about increased meaningful participation of parents in advocating for their children. The booklet focuses on systemic change, emphasizing the importance of the committed advocacy of family support programs. The booklet is presented in two parts. Part 1 provides recommendations for community-based programs and neighborhood initiatives and presents strategies developed by professionals and parents working at that level. Strategies include raising consciousness and building commitment, removing practical barriers, recognizing contributions and providing incentives, changing organizational processes, building on culture as a strength, tailoring strategies to specific populations, and helping parents build skills. Part 2 provides recommendations for state and national efforts. Strategies include involving parents in all activities, ensuring parents' input on decision-making boards, providing economic compensation, developing an action-oriented agenda, developing policy to support parent engagement, communicating supportively, and reaching out to natural leaders. In both parts, recommendations are illustrated with examples of how the strategies have been carried out by others. The booklet's three appendices list the strategies, present a timeline of parent engagement developments at Family Support America, and list parent engagement resources. (KB)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Agency Role, Change Strategies, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Partnerships in Education, Public Policy, Social Services
Family Support America, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60606 (Item No. C194: $12.50, members; $15, nonmembers). Tel: 312-338-0900; Fax: 312-338-1522; Web site: http://www.familysupportamerica.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Family Support America, Chicago, IL.