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  • 1. PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN BUILDING COMMUNITIES Eleanor F. Moreno Principal I
  • 2. The term “parent involvement” is perhaps the most misunderstood term in today’s educational arena. To understand the relationship between parents and schools it is important to recognize the types of behaviors that nurture collaboration.
  • 3. HARMFUL BEHAVIORS HELPFUL BEHAVIORS Avoidance Involvement Blaming Problem-Solving Rumor Honesty Collusion Trust Pessimism Optimism Judgment Mutual Respect Apathy Empathy Defensiveness Active Listening Opposition Collaboration
  • 4. 5 Categories of Parent Behaviors Within a School Community
  • 5. Traditional Parent Volunteer  volunteering at school – helping in the classroom, fundraising, chaperoning, etc.  The traditional parent volunteer contributes highly to the success of the school community but does not necessarily contribute to student success.
  • 6. Reactive Parent The “provoker” parent, instead of employing helpful behaviors to influence change, uses techniques such as blaming, rumor, collusion and gossip to achieve results.  The Reactive parent is a low contributor to the success of the school community and a low contributor to student success.
  • 7. Uninvolved Parent  The “outsider” parent is generally invisible in the school community and is isolated from other parents.  The Uninvolved Parent is a low contributor to school success and a low contributor to student success.
  • 8. Mindful Parents “mentor” parent approaches parenting with conscious intention but does not necessarily get involved at their children in school. The Mindful Parent is a high contributor to student success but a low contributor to the success of the school community.
  • 9. Fully-Engaged Parent “collaborator”, acts in ways that facilitate its development, and recognizes that effective parenting cannot occur in isolation from other parents and the school.  emphatic listeners, communicators and problem-solvers  The Fully-Engaged Parent is a high contributor to the effectiveness of the school community and a high contributor to student success.
  • 10. Traditional Parent Volunteer (HELPER) PTA Leader Classroom Aide Fundraiser Board Member (School Focused) Fully-Engaged Parent (COLLABORATOR) Communicator Problem-Solver Active Listener Strategist (School and Child Focused) Uninvolved Parent (OUTSIDER) Rumor Blaming Disengaged Collusion Isolated Reactive Parent (PROVOKER) (Neither School or Child Focused) Mindful Parent (MENTOR) Teaches Respect Instills Discipline Models Positive Behaviors Inspire Learning (Child Focused) Contribution to Student Success ContributiontoSuccessof SchoolCommunity HIGH HIGH LOW
  • 11. Beneficial Features of Parent Involvement
  • 12. a. Parent involvement in adult education and parenting education programs; b. Cooperative strategies for extending the school curriculum beyond the school walls; c. Efforts to help parents provide learning experiences at home; d. Home visits by personnel trained to facilitate home-school communication;
  • 13. e. In-classroom involvement of parents, business leaders, and citizens; f. Summer enrichment programs for both parents and children; g. Community-based learning h. Use of school facilities for community activities; and i. University participation in an advisory and supportive role.
  • 14. Rethinking Parent Involvement
  • 15. + Supportive of child (for example, often encourages) + Active participant (for example, helps child with homework) - Not supportive of child (for example, ignores child) + Active participant (for example, comes if food is provided) + Supportive of child (for example, cares for well- being) - In active participant (for example, rarely comes to school activities) - Not supportive of child (for example, is abusive) - Inactive participant (for example, no communication with school) FOUR TYPES OF PARENTS
  • 16. Thank you for listening!