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ERIC Number: EJ809546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-10
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Kentucky Trains Parents to Help Schools Bolster STEM Subjects
Cavanagh, Sean
Education Week, v28 n3 p1, 17 Sep 2008
Parents from around Kentucky are taking part in an unusual effort to encourage parents to take a more active role in promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics in their local schools. They have joined the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, which tries to help adults work with teachers and administrators, and muster support from other parents, to strengthen student achievement in STEM topics. Parents who take part in the institute are taught strategies on leadership and working collaboratively with school officials and other parents. They are also given an overview of Kentucky's state academic standards and lessons on how to examine student-achievement data at their schools, such as test scores in math and science. Participants are expected to work with school officials to design STEM-related projects that focus on raising student and parent understanding and appreciation for STEM-related subjects. In addition to looking at state and school learning goals, parents are being given suggestions on how to work cooperatively with school administrators and to offer themselves as a "resource" to teachers and administrators considering new approaches to math- and science-centered subjects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky