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ERIC Number: ED474379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building Relationships for Student Success: School-Family-Community Partnerships and Student Achievement in the Northwest.
Dorfman, Diane; Fisher, Amy
While the research is clear that family involvement fosters student achievement, it does not clearly describe what family involvement looks like in practice. The authors of this booklet interviewed parents and other family members, teachers, and administrators at four elementary schools and two secondary schools in Oregon and Montana that are known for their strong family-involvement practices. They were asked about what was done to support their children's education, what expectations they had of the children, how family involvement was developed and implemented, and what the most successful strategies were for developing family-school partnerships, among other questions. Two schools are on Indian reservations, and four serve large numbers of Hispanic and other minority students. All schools serve high-poverty populations. The interviews revealed that involvement strategies fell into three themes: using curriculum that makes connections between students' lives and their families and communities; giving families tools to support their children, such as teaching them strategies for enhancing learning at home, explaining school policies and expectations, and linking with human-services organizations; and building mutual, respectful relationships. A list of resources concludes the booklet. (Contains 13 references.) (RT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Child, Family, and Community Program.
Identifiers - Location: Montana; Oregon