technology to link parents to the classroom.
creatively use new technology from voice-mail to homework hotlines
to educational CD-ROM programs- to get parents more involved in
the learning process. For example, voice mail systems have been
installed in several hundred schools across the country. Parents
and students can call for taped messages that describe classroom
activities and daily homework assignments. Audiotapes and videotapes
can also be used to enhance communication with parents. These are
especially helpful in reaching family members who do not read. Even
with all the new technology, teachers and other school staff can
still use the telephone to connect with parents. Schools can help
by providing teachers with classroom phones.
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