Parental involvement in urban public schools is a vital part of any strategic plan to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap, but many parents lack the leadership skills that would enable them to spearhead activities that positively affect school or neighborhood climate and support teamwork with teachers and school administration. My project was to familiarize parents with Kouzes and Posner's five practices of exemplary leadership from The Leadership Challenge using family films to demonstrate leadership, give the parents practice in writing SMART objectives to develop a plan of action, and coach them in implementing a project directed at solving a problem or filling a need. Five parents participated in the six workshops that were the core of my project; two developed summer programs, one intends to seek means for obtaining a Group Tutoring Instructor for the science lab at Edison Tech, and one intends to create a PTA/school newsletter; in addition a website for online instruction was created and a group of seven participants have been registered.
Department, Program, or Center
School of Food, Hotel and Tourism Management (CAST)
DiSalvo, Evanna M., "Parent Leadership Initiative" (2006). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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