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  • 1. Research on Family Involvement
    Why is family involvement so important?
    What are the challenges?
    By: Misti Morrison
    CI 583
    Dr. LaPrarie
  • 2. Parent Involvement Improves education
    Research shows that children are more likely to succeed and are less likely to engage in destructive behavior if their families are involved in their education.
  • 3. Parent Involvement Improves Education
    • Effective family engagement is carried out in the multiple settings where children learn—at home, in pre-kindergarten programs, in school, in afterschool programs, in faith-based institutions, and in community programs.
  • Statistics About Parent Involvement
    • More than 9 out of 10 students who mostly get A’s & B’s said they are encouraged by their parents to do well in school.
    • 4. Teachers say that parents' involvement in education needs to be the number one priority.
    • 5. Students are half as likely (7 percent to 15 percent) to have ever repeated a grade and are significantly less likely to have ever been suspended or expelled (10 to 18 percent) if their fathers have high involvement in their schools.
  • Involvement Improves More Than Just Grades
    Reams of research show that parental involvement in children's education improves their chances of success in both school and life.
  • 6. In the early years…
    Parents’ presence at the school, whether in classrooms or at other activities, reinforces children’s sense of school as a welcoming environment and facilitates their ability to see learning as a continuous process, not just something that takes place within the school walls away from their homes.
  • 7. Middle / High School Years…
    • Effective family engagement during adolescence differs from the types of involvement parents find successful during earlier years, and these changes reflect adolescents’ changing developmental needs.
  • Family Involvement and Student Achievement
    Predictors of student achievement
    Not income or social status, but the extent to which that student’s family is able to:
    • Create a home environment that encourages learning
    • 8. Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers
    • 9. Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community
  • Benefits of being parents being involved in education:
    • Higher grades and test scores;
    • 10. Better attitudes and behavior;
    • 11. Better school attendance;
    • 12. More homework completed;
    • 13. Less chance of placement in special education;
    • 14. Greater likelihood of graduating from high school; and
    • 15. Better chance of enrolling in postsecondary education.
    US Dept. of Education, revised 2002
  • 16. NCES
  • 17. Activities Promoting Parent Involvement
    Create a school environment that supports family involvement.
    2. Provide families a list of required mastery skills for course(s) in which their child is enrolled.
    3. Invite families to share hopes for and concerns about children and then work together to set student goals.
    4. Initiate a classroom volunteer program.
    FACS Educator Resource
  • 18. Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
    What can the federal government
    and the Partnership for Family
    Involvement in Education do
    to help your school or district?
  • 19. Bibliography
    America’s Career Resource Center website. 2010.
    FACS Educator Resource. 2010.
    Helping Your Child Succeed in School, U.S. Department of Education, 1992, revised 2002.
    National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education website. 2010.
    Starr, Linda. (2009). A Dozen Activities to Promote Parent Involvement. Retrieved
    June 19, 2010. from