What are parent information resource centers?
Specific activities sponsored by PIRCs and their partnering organizations often include helping parents to understand the data tied to school accountability systems and the significance of what that data means for opportunities afforded to their children under the No Child Left Behind Act, such as supplemental educational services and public school choice. Additionally, PIRC projects provide resource materials and coordinate conferences covering high-quality family involvement programs.
For example, the PIRC serving Texas uses a student group called the Youth Education Tekies to provide computer training for parents and other adults in the community so they can learn how to access online information about their children's schooling, particularly the state's education Web site, where school, district and state accountability data are posted. These and other efforts fostered by PIRCs are profiled in the latest publication in the Department's Innovations in Education series, entitled Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information and Resource Centers. The 65-page guide also includes tips for connecting with hard-to-reach parents, building community partnerships and setting up a parent center. For a copy, visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-4ED-PUBS, with identification number ED003668P, while supplies last.
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|Date:||Nov 1, 2007|
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