ERIC Number: ED484839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Developing a Collaborative Team Approach to Support Family and Community Connections With Schools: What Can School Leaders Do?
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
For many schools, the idea of involving families actively in the decision-making and implementation efforts needed for school improvement is intimidating. As can been seen in the "School Snapshot" school leaders play a key role in creating a school culture in which parental involvement is not only accepted but also valued. Schools are now publicly accountable for the achievement of each and every child. However, an often overlooked aspect of this legislation that is intended to help support student learning is the School-Parent Compact. A first step in beginning to initiate collaborative efforts is to define the current status of school and family relations. What factors inhibit or foster family and community interactions with the school and its staff? Successful administrators are able to anticipate the inhibitors and soften their impact while promoting research-based strategies that encourage increased involvement. This document examines an administrator's effort to fill the gap between school staff and the families of students.
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Teamwork, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Cooperative Planning, Educational Planning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX. National Center for Community and Family Connections with Schools