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ERIC Number: EJ916322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Professional Development for Parents
Carter, Alex; Healey, Tim
Principal Leadership, v11 n6 p26-31 Feb 2011
Every secondary school leader in the United States is aware of the importance of a successful transition from middle to high school. Schools and districts have implemented many programs specifically designed to help rising freshmen successfully make the transition to high school, such as ninth-grade academies, mandatory interventions, small learning communities, summer school programs, orientations, mentoring programs, and support teams. The ultimate goal, of course, is to help students get on track to graduate on time and be prepared for college and careers. Those efforts have, at times, generated positive results. But a key ingredient is often missing from many of these well-intentioned programs: the parents and guardians of the rising freshman--perhaps the most important group of people in this transition process--are often given no training or support whatsoever. In this article, the authors stress the importance of professional development for parents and encourage school leaders to help parents develop "school sense" so that they can be partners with teachers and advocates for their children. Teaching parents how to talk to teachers and be involved in their children's high school career supports students and builds a strong school community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A