Children benefit academically when parents and educators work together. For this reason, parents’ involvement in their children’s education is a priority of the no Child Left Behind Act of 2001. But a strong connection between parents and educators does not come about automatically. Both parties may need to learn new roles and skills and develop the confidence to use them, especially as parents move beyond traditional activities, like helping children with homework, and toward shared responsibility for school improvement. Intermediary organizations, like federally funded Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs), can help. Drawing on lessons learned from five PIRCs across the country that have been meeting this challenge, this guide shares promising strategies for increasing effective parent involvement.
The five Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) profiled in this book demonstrate how PIRCs and their partnering organizations can successfully increase parental involvement in education. they emphasize the power of strong parent-educator partnerships in improving schools and raising students’ academic achievement.
SOURCE ARTICLE: FNDUSA.org & U.S. Department of Education
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