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This pamphlet notes how active family involvement in education can benefit children's achievement, attitudes, schools, and teachers. It describes how families and schools can work together to contribute to the education process. The pamphlet details the components of a family-school partnership promise to work together, exchange information, share decision-making, and collaborate for children's learning. The pamphlet also includes a form for joining the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education and delineates materials available from the U.S. Department of Education providing guidelines for getting families involved in education. Finally, the pamphlet describes ways parent organizations and schools can support family involvement in education by: (1) opening the lines of communication and making families feel welcome as equal partners; (2) giving teachers the tools to reach out to families; (3) setting high expectations for children by helping them enroll in challenging courses; (4) using technology to link parents to the classroom; (5) overcoming language barriers; and (6) encouraging communities to join family-school partnerships. (KB)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Associations, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Partnerships in Education, Schools

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Autor: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education ED, Washington, DC.


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