Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy

Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy

The tools and resources in this module support programs that are committed to shared decision making and advocacy. Empowering families to help solve problems, discuss program effectiveness, prioritize spending, spending priorities, and develop policies, sends a powerful message about collaboration, equity and access.

The findings presented by Henderson and Mapp have shown that schools with parents who are involved in decision making and advocacy have higher levels of student achievement and public support. Effective partnerships develop when each partner is respected and empowered to fully participate in the decision-making process.

Additional Worth-a-Clicks

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Advocacy for Academically Talented Students

http://www.cmu.edu/cmites/advocacy.html

This web site can be an important resource for parents and teachers of academically gifted students.

The Aspira Association, An Investment in Latino Youth

http://www.aspira.org/

This association coordinates national programs that fit into three broad work areas: Youth Leadership and Community Service, Educational Access and Careers, and Community Mobilization for Educational Excellence.

Constructing School Partnerships with Families and Community Groups

ttp://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/envrnmnt/famncomm/pa400.htm

This site is a resource from the North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL) on strengthening home/school partnerships.

The Learning First Alliance

www.learningfirst.org

This web site is stocked with practical guides for communicating with the community about schools, and school matters. The Resources for Parents section allows families easy access to information about a variety of education issues and practices. There are also downloadable tips and guides to help families become more involved in their children’s education.

The National Black Child Development Institute

http://nbcdi.org/

The mission of the National Black Child Development Institute is "to improve and advance the lives of Black children and their families, through advocacy and education". This Web site describes its various initiatives, provides resources and links, and lists affiliate chapters of the organization.

Parents Reaching Out

http://www.parentsreachingout.org/

Parents Reaching Out is directed at helping families learn to make informed decisions about the care and education of their children. It includes information on special education issues that parents face and provides advocacy information and early intervention suggestions for parents.

Parent-School Partnerships: A National MALDEF Program

http://www.maldef.org

MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future.

Public Agenda

http://www.publicagenda.org

This site addresses a variety of educational issues from multiple perspectives, as well as resources for facilitating issue-based discussions in your community.

Public Conversation Project

http://www.publicconversations.org

Anyone interested in engaging in dialogue about the issues confronting our communities and schools should use this web site for resources to help define the questions, keep conversations on track and engage the community.

Schools that Welcome Parents: How Schools can Reach out to Parents and Create Ways for Them to Participate

http://www.4children.org/issues/2001/january_february/schools_that_welcome_parents/

Ideas from Children's Advocate for welcoming parents.

Student Voice in School Building Leadership

http://www.soundout.org/article.105.html

This site includes ideas for getting students involved in school decision-making activities.