ERIC Number: EJ759522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-8
Reference Count: N/A
Keeping in Touch
Tonn, Jessica L.
Education Week, v24 n39 p30-33 Jun 2005
Overwhelming evidence shows that family involvement--both in school and at home--has a positive impact on student achievement. Researchers have found that parental involvement tends to drop off when students enter middle school. Research also shows that does not have to be the case. In this article, the author discusses the school-family-community partnership program at Lowndes Middle School. At the 1,030-student school, parents are provided with a wealth of opportunities to be engaged in their children's schooling, from home phone calls about upcoming events to workshops about effectively helping with homework. Kim Williams, a mother of two former students, said that at Lowndes there is no excuse for not knowing what is going on at school. The school runs an Internet service called Parent Connect, operated by Pearson Educational Technologies of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, that offers parents free, password-protected access not only to their children's attendance records, schedules, grades, and assignments, but also to school calendars and student health records. The site facilities e-mail exchanges between parents and teachers, and parents can receive automatic updates on unexplained absences, missing homework, or poor grades.
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Partnerships in Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Parent Influence, Middle Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Jersey; New Jersey