Making Parent Involvement Meaningful
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By Karen Rasmussen
When Lynn Townsend's daughter was a sophomore at South Laurel High School in London, Ky., she couldn't get into the Latin class she needed to continue her studies from the previous year. Townsend went to the school's open house to learn how to remedy the situation. By the time she left, Townsend had joined the school's committee on restructuring time, which was charged with finding a way to improve teaching and learning at the school.
"I chose the busiest committee in the history of the school," Townsend jokes, explaining that its members -- parents, students, community members, and educators -- looked at different time restructuring models, visited schools, and listened to speakers explain their options. The committee eventually recommended, and the school council adopted, a four-block school day.
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