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ERIC Number: ED498407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons from Five Parental Information and Resource Centers. Innovations in Education
US Department of Education
Children benefit academically when parents and educators work together. For this reason, parents' involvement in their children's education is a priority of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001." But a strong connection between parents and educators does not come about automatically. Both parties may need to learn new roles and skills and develop the confidence to use them, especially as parents move beyond traditional activities, like helping children with homework, and toward shared responsibility for school improvement. Intermediary organizations, like federally funded Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), can help. Drawing on lessons learned from five PIRCs across the country that have been meeting this challenge, this guide shares promising strategies for increasing effective parent involvement. It explains "how to" strategies that the Parent Information Resource PIRCs use to improve or expand their parental involvement programs in public schools. The guide contains two parts. Part I focuses on PIRC efforts to build a common foundation of information and understanding for parents and educators. Part II focuses on readying parents and educators for action and decision-making intended to improve education. Both sections--Parts I and II--include a series of "Tips" boxes that have distilled the strategies from each subsection into easily scannable lists of implementation suggestions. Appendix A contains the research methodology. Appendix B contains a list of resources. This guide is the second publication in the Innovations in Education series, which identifies innovative and successful education programs across the country that are closing the achievement gap and helping to reach the goal of every child reading and doing math at grade level by 2014. (Contains 11 figures, 1 table, and 16 endnotes.) [This document was prepared by WestEd for the US Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement.]
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Texas; Utah
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001