A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n

Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Alamo Navajo Community School

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Alamo Navajo Community School

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Magaleno, NM


  • School addresses distance and language barriers by broadcasting programs in Navajo from a local AM radio station operated by the reservation's school board.

  • Parents and Teachers as Partners program features a meal that teachers and parents share and workshops on language and math skills development, reading, cooking with children, and other topics.

  • Parent advisory committee provides an open forum for parents to voice their concerns and recommendations for the school; attendance ranges from 5 to 25 parents.

  • Monthly parent meetings and open houses are often combined with community events (e.g., basketball games) to attract more parents.

  • Bilingual home-school liaisons have visited over 75 percent of parents and students at home at least once to personalize school communications; they make an average of 25 visits each month.

  • All staff members use release time to visit students and parents at home; teachers visit an average of eight homes each month.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I, Johnson O'Malley, G&T Dropout Demonstration, Indian Health Services, Title IX

    Evidence of Success:

  • Forty to 50 percent of parents participate in at least one activity during the school year, an increase of about 15 percent over the last five years.

  • In 1995--96, parent attendance at parent-teacher conferences jumped from none to over 20 percent.

  • Principal reports parents spend more time at school events and participating rather than passively attending and listening (e.g., more parents involved in hands-on activities such as the Parents and Teachers as Partners workshops).

  • K-12


    100% Navajo

    98% FRL
    (free or reduced-price lunch)

    Schoolwide Program

    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.

    [Appendix B] [Table of Contents] [Atenville Elementary School]