Working With Families of Children in the Juvenile Justice and Corrections Systems: A Guide for Education Program Leaders, Principals, and Building Administrators
Extensive research suggests that parent involvement programs improve student academic achievement and enhance educational programs for youth [1–4]. Family involvement in learning has been identified as the single most important determinant of success for at-risk children and youth [4,5] and can also be a critical element in the success of youth who are in placement or returning to school following placement. But for many institutions caring for these youth, effectively involving family members can be a challenge.
Working With Families of Children in the Juvenile Justice and Corrections System: A Guide for Education Program Leaders, Principals, and Building Administrators
Working With Families of Children in the Juvenile Justice and Corrections System: A Guide for Education Program Leaders, Principals, and Building Administrators, has been developed to help institutions caring for youth who are neglected or delinquent build collaborations and support family participation to maximize educational experiences for youth in care, as well as during their transition back into the community.
This guide was developed under contract with the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to the American Institutes for Research (AIR) National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC). The guide was written by Trina Osher and Barbara Huff, with an introduction by Joyce Burrell. It is the first of several guides that will focus on involving families as students move in and out of institutional placements, with emphasis on varying issues and strategies based on different perspectives for all involved. Ultimately, NDTAC aims to produce valuable tools that improve educational outcomes for children who are neglected or delinquent. We hope this guide furthers that goal.
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