parental participation in school improvement efforts.
When schools develop improvement
plans, families should be included at every stage of the process
in order to get their input and to give them a sense of shared responsibility.
Many schools, supported by the new Goals 2000: Educate America Act,
are now developing such plans. They are working to raise academic
standards, improve teaching, make schools safer, introduce computers
and other learning technologies into the classroom, and to make
many other vitally needed changes. The full involvement of parents
and other members of the community is instrumental to the success
of these efforts.
parents in decision-making.
Schools can give parents a more effective
voice by opening up the school governance process so that more parents
can participate. Many schools hold evening and weekend meetings
and conferences to accommodate families' work schedules.
teachers the tools to reach out to families.
development can help teachers to understand the benefits of family
involvement and show them how to remove barriers to involvement.
These tools improve two- way communication between home and schools,
and suggest ways to help meet families' overall educational needs.
For more information, ideas, and publications, visit the
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Involve Families | Learn to Communicate
| Encourage Parental Participation | Welcome Parents
| Overcome Language Barriers | Use Technology