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ERIC Number: ED486338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Engaging Families at the Secondary Level: What Schools Can Do to Support Family Involvement
Ferguson, Chris; Rodriguez, Victor
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL)
This strategy brief offers a synthesis of recent research into the concept of encouraging family involvement in secondary education, and gives recommendations that may enhance the school's ability to engage families in their children's education. Family-based processes that have been shown to successfully support teenage academic achievement include interactions where families: (1) Talk often with their teenagers about school; (2) Help them make plans for postsecondary education; and (3) Keep them focused on learning and homework during the school year. Additionally, schools are encouraged to adopt specific strategies to create a welcoming culture for parents.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A