Introduce selves and experiencesBegan this process as a result of Ruby Payne workshopBoth as teachers and principals valued parent involvementAs parents we noticed children moving us away from schoolRuby Payne: Poverty values relationships, entertainment (almost every home has DVD), casual communication, power of technologyMiddle Class loves paper—lower SES needs something different. Non-written works.
DAVE: Introduce 6 types of involvementThree yellow ones are the ones we will focus on in this workshop.There is some nice overlap between the three
CARLResearch indicates power of communication and improves academic achievementSupport for parentsSupport from parents
CARLWhen teachers and schools communicate it supports the message that “we care about you” that students pick up on.Communication benefits teachers because it breaks down isolationLucy Calkins“A school is defined as a series of isolated learning units united by a heating system.”Dan Lortie“Teachers lead lives of isolation and loneliness.”Parents become part of the team.
ASK THE AUDIENCE:If middle school is so great then why doesn’t communication happen?Why does communication break down?
Use this list to punctuate their ideas.Carl’s story about Justin not talking to him at game.Dreama’s story about teachers talking about her because her family was poor. Felt out of step as parent with teachers.MY story of being Anglo teacher in Hispanic areas and not being able to communicate or communicate through child makes both student and parent feel awkward.Language barrier one is likely a new one.Schools love print but this off-puts low SES parents.After brief reviewASK THE AUDIENCEWhy aren’t teachers more assertive about getting parents on board?
Make more out of term Virtual ProximityHere are ways teachers can address this situation and overcome non-assertiveness.Go over the slide
Middle School Matinee:Using Media to Involve Parents Drs. Carl Walley & David Kommer Ashland University Ashland, Ohio S
Types of Involvement (Epstein, Sanders, Simon, Salinas, Jansorn, & Van Voorhis, 2002)Parenting Skills: assisting Learning at Home: Volunteering: involving involving parents inparents in understandingadolescent behavior and parents in school homework, goal setting, development activities and projects Communication: contact Communities: providing Decision-Making: with families about information and contacts involving parents in school programs and with community school governance student progress. All resources andthrough advisory groups efforts involve community efforts communications.
Why Communicate With Parents•Positive behavior•Improved attendance•Improved self-esteem•Positive achievement•Increased graduation rates•Improvements are across all SES levels •(V. Anfara, 2008) S
Why Communicate?S Parent involvement is a positive initiative that communicates to students that adults care about their well being and school performance. (Fan & Chen, 2001)S Communications between school and home is a facet of school involvement. (Myers & Monson, 1992)
Resistance to CommunicationsS Despite the clearly documented benefits of parent involvement for students’ achievement and attitudes toward school, parent involvement of all types declines progressively during the elementary school years. By middle grade school, the home school connection has been significantly reduced, and some cases is non- existent. S (Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1989)
Resistance Points to Communications With ParentsS Adolescent Development is associated with a natural tendency to withdraw from parental influence and increase the influence of peers.S Parents may have a personal discomfort with school based on their own school experiences.S Language barriers either from non standard English backgrounds , or Non English speaking/reading parents.S The formal language register used by school personnel and the informal register of low SES parents creates a communications barrier.
Virtual Proximity – Addresses Resistance PointsS Tendency for adolescents to Adolescents enjoy technology withdraw from parents. and the personal nature of DVD, Glogster, etc.S Parental discomfort with The virtual nature personal type school. contact with parents, yet they control their contactS Language barriers Visual nature of some forms facilitates understanding, translations can be made by students as they watch with parents or translated copies can be made.
Learning at HomeS What are some strategies where Virtual Proximity might lead to greater learning at home?S Share ideas you are already using at school that facilitate positive parent involvement.S Problems or concerns related to using any of the ideas we presented in this session.
Suggestions for Communicating with ParentsS 1. Use the informal language register. Speak as you would with a colleague or friend.S 2. Enlist students in the production of the content and product.S 3. Use multiple sources to communicate.S 4. Put your best foot forward – initiate positive contacts.S 5. Work to accommodate parents schedules.S 6. Give them information that helps them - not just you and the school.
ThanksS Session # 1442: Middle School MatineeS CEU Code: