Parents as Partners in
Parents as Partners in
Middle School Literacy
How do parents see their role?
How does school personnel see the role of
How do students see parental involvement in
literacy in middle school?
What is happening
Middle school parent involvement significantly
less than in elementary school.
School personnel communicate with parents
regarding three factors:
1) grading and evaluation
2) general communication regarding policy
1. The Million Words
Project - Deborah Bora
“In a million words or less, tell us about your
Parents talked about the expected and the
65%-90% return rate
In cases where written English was not strong,
parents dictated to students
Seems very secure but always compares
himself to his sister who is older, makes
friends easily and does better in school...has
ADD but cannot take medication...
Simon had a tragedy in his life two years
before we moved here and it still frightens him
at the night...
Parker is obsessed with music...
In the news
“This I Believe” essays
Would you rather?
Book of Lists
3. Student Led
Students discuss what they have learned,
areas of strength, and areas of challenge
Teachers discuss the same
Parents are afforded time with the teacher
7. Parent Visiting Days
Parents can visit at any point in the day and
are encouraged to do so.
There is coffee and a staff member who greets
parents and a short video clip for parents to
watch when they are not in the classrooms
Nametags are provided and conversation is
encouraged among parents
8. Response to
Other community or early teen issues
Society for Prevention of
“Two representatives for the Society of Teen
Suicide spoke on Wednesday, October 7,
2010. The presentation was entitled, Not My
Kid, What Every Parent Should Know About
9. Helping the Local
One time projects
Projects that align with curriculum
Projects that are not directly related to
Ways to Begin
Schools become more involved in local
community and see where this leads
Hold an informal meeting with parents and ask
them how they would like to be partners with
the school in terms of literacy
Identify parental interests and abilities
Give parents or students something for
attending the activity.
Invite or work with only a small group of
students and parents at one time - for example
grade level activities
Single gender activities
middleweb.com (google search parent
involvement & literacy)
Beyond the Bakesale: The Essential Guide
to Family/School Partnerships by Anne T.
Henderson, Don Davies, Vivian R Johnson,
& Karen L Mapp