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BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS AND BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: Increasing Parental Involvement in Middle and High School

Recruiting New Teachers has created a new toolkit for middle and high school teachers called Connect for Success: Building a Teacher, Parent, Teen Alliance, which is funded by the MetLife Foundation. The publication addresses the growing gap between educators, students and parents once the students begin middle school. Its goal is to enable teachers to build partnerships with parents and provide tools to break down barriers to participation.

Family involvement has been shown to be crucial to student success. Yet, parental involvement has been shown to drop off dramatically – a full 50 percent – once a child begins middle school. In addition, teachers feel a growing alienation from parents and students due to the sheer number of students they teach and a growing disinterest among parents in their child’s education. The guide offers tools to improve home-school communication, educate parents to help their children succeed and connect school experiences to college and careers.

Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. is a national organization formed in 1986 to raise esteem for teaching, expand the pool of prospective teachers, and improve the nation’s teacher recruitment, development, and diversity policies and practices.

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