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Center for Collaborative Education, Paper presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization

Parent involvement in their children's education is widely regarded as a way to help students succeed in school. High parental involvement has been linked to increases in student achievement and engagement in school. As a result, efforts to increase parent involvement in their children's education, both in and out of school, have been included in many school improvement and reform efforts over the last two decades. This paper focuses on preliminary findings of a study on parent involvement in the Pilot Schools. The goal of this paper is to present the range of opportunities that Pilot Schools provide for parents in their communities. As it is the first in a series of reports, it forms a base for future studies on the impact of parent involvement in the Pilot Schools. A list of autonomies is appended. (Contains 2 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Parent School Relationship, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Participative Decision Making, Parent Teacher Conferences, Exhibits, Student Evaluation, Parent Education, Parent Associations, Communication Strategies, Institutional Autonomy, Governance, School Schedules, Personnel Selection, Budgets, School Councils

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Author: Ouimette, Monique; Feldman, Jay; Tung, Rosann; Chamblin, Nadia; Coyne, Samantha


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