L A U R E N H E N R YK E L S E Y A R L TD A R C Y R O Y L A N DS A R A H T E I C H M E RParent Involvement
Involving Parents in Education Enhances childrens self-esteem Improves childrens academic achievement Improves parent-child relationships Helps parents develop positive attitudes towardsschool Better understanding of the schooling process
Empowering Parents Build a large choice system that allows parents tochoose from Encourage them to ask questions Knowing the system of the school
Involvement There are many types of involvement PTA Parent- teacher conference Class or school event Fund raising Volunteer on school committee
Get to know the teacher To keep up with their childsprogress in school. Homework Childs Strengths and Weaknesses- Are they getting along with others?- Teachers Classroom Policies- What do the parents need to know to helptheir child.Most of all, feeling comfortable with theteacher that this is the teacher that will bewith their child throughout the year.
How to involve a parent who isn’t willing to beinvolved Send out monthly letters encouraging parentinvolvement Open house Sign-up sheets for field trips, in class activities andsnacks Conferences Send out a list of activities and a parent has to pick atleast one
Who supports parentinvolvement?- Supporting parent involvement isimportant in programs such asECEAP and Head Start, which setout to provide long-lasting aids forearly learning.- These programs support the idea ofcollaboration. Establishing mutualtrust and respect with parents isessential when providinginformation and resources regardingtheir childrens education.- When you get to know parents andgain their respect, you are betterable to recognize each familysstrengths and needs, and will bebetter able to assess what you can dofor their child.
Resources for Family Involvement:Department of Early Learning Where can parents go for support?- Parents who become involved with their children’seducation, may become advocates for early learningand/or parent involvement in grade school and latereducation.- - Parents who are new to the idea of being involved intheir child’s education, can receive help from otherparents, as well as educators. Parent-Teacher Associations- The P.T.A. gives parents the opportunity to work withschools, communities, and other parents.- -Provides a place for parents and educators to voiceopinions on involvement.http://www.wastatepta.orghttp://www.wsaheadstarteceap.com/parent_resources.html
Resources for Educators:Teachers need help, too! -The U.S. Department of Education assists newteachers in connecting with parents, and how to takeextra steps to become a part of the learningcommunity outside of the classroom.- Networking with other teachers is probably the bestway to gain insight on parent-teacher interaction. Youcan learn from their experiences, and share your own.