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More than a book, more than a CD-ROM, Parent Power is a unique, comprehensive resource kit that supports teachers and schools with creative materials for all kinds of family outreach efforts. Here in one ready-to-use kit is a rich cache of materials on a wide variety of topics:
  • 40 one-page reproducible essays--available in both English and Spanish--for parent newsletters and brochures, addressing topics such as reading at home, television and learning, understanding phonics, and coping with peer conflicts
  • CD-ROM with newsletter and brochure suggestions, suitable for editing and available in both Adobe Acrobat Reader and ASCII formats
  • sample calendars for designing complete outreach programs for an entire year
  • practical advice for increasing family involvement in special events, including proven suggestions on working with bilingual families
  • tips for generating media attention for school outreach efforts, including sample press releases
  • ideas for creative outreach events--such as art fairs, family math nights, rummage sales, ethnic celebrations, and more
  • grant-writing suggestions and sample narratives
  • strategies for working with parent volunteers
  • successful parent surveys
  • list of award-winning websites for parents
  • bibliographies of additional resources for parent outreach.
With parent outreach being an important prerequisite for funding, administrators, supervisors, specialists, and coordinators who routinely spend hundreds--even thousands--of dollars on outreach materials will particularly appreciate the economy of Parent Power. Teachers who are attempting to design a home-communication plan will be inspired to work with parents in dynamic new ways.

The power of informed, involved parents working together with educators can be transformative. Now you can tap into it with this exciting new tool.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325001555
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/21/1999
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Miller Power (Ph.D., University of New Hampshire) wrote this book while a professor at the University of Maine, where she taught courses in literacy methods and teacher inquiry. She is author of 12 books, including Long Roads, Short Distances: Teaching Writing and Writing Teachers and Parent Power: Energizing Home-School Communication, both published by Heinemann.
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Table of Contents


I. Teacher's Guide


Using the Essays in a Parent Outreach Program

Tips for Designing Newsletters

Advice from Teachers for Communicating with Parents

Making Involvement Easier for Parents

Creative Events for Parents

Strategies for Involving Non-English-Speaking Parents

Resources for Involving Parents in Schools

Best Books for Promoting Learning at Home

Writing Grants to Support Parent Outreach Programs

Writing for Parents and the Larger Community

From Parent Power to Community Power: One School's Story

Final Thoughts: How Much Does It Cost?

Spanish and English Parent Essay Masters

(also available on the CD)

Writing at Home

Asking About Groups

Adjusting to School

Dealing with Concerns

Helping Your Child Enter a New School

Television and Learning

To View or Not to View: Evaluating Television Programs

Appreciating Art-Child Style

Coping with Conflict

Building a Low-Cost Library of Books

Children's Hobbies

Understanding Phonics

Getting Involved in Your Child's Classroom

Reading Around the House

Alternatives to Grades

Standardized Tests: Part I

Standardized Tests: Part II

Using the Library with Your Child

Talking with Your Child About School

Reading with Your Child

Meeting with Your Child's Teacher : Part 1: Preparation

Meeting with Your Child's Teacher: Part 2: The Main Event

Nutrition: Raising Low-Fat Kids

The Power of a Map

Homework: Part 1: Setting the Stage

Homework: Part 2: Coaching Your Child

Everyday Math

Math at Home

Displaying and Storing Children's Work

We Know What You Want .

Daily To-Do List

Praise and Self-Esteem

Best Websites for Parents

Meeting with a Specialist

"Big Ideas" in Science

Childhood Friends

On Vacation.But Not from Learning!


A Love of Music

Telling Family Tales

Stress and Learning

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