Parental engagement


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Presentation to AmeriCorps VISTA members 10/18/2012, by Ebyan Abdulle, Minnesota Literacy Council

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Parental engagement

  1. 1. Parental EngagementBy Ebyan Abdulle 10/18/2012
  2. 2. Ice Breaker Activity• What’s your definition of parental involvement?• Describe one strategy/resource you have used successfully on engaging parents.• What are one or two burning questions you hope will be answered in this session?
  3. 3. What is the definition on parental involvement• Parental involvement refers to the amount of participation a parent has when it comes to schooling and his or her childs life.
  4. 4. What are the major factors of Parental engagement?• The extent to which parents believe that they can have a positive influence on their children’s education.• Parents’ beliefs about what is important and necessary for them to do with and on behalf of their children.• Parents’ perception that their children and school want them to be involved.
  5. 5. When Parents Should Get Involved• The earlier the better.• School age children spend 70% of their time outside of school.• The most effective forms of parent engagement are those which engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.
  6. 6. Children English School Parenting Class
  7. 7. Children English School Parenting Class
  8. 8. Children English School Parenting Class
  9. 9. Home Visiting Session
  10. 10. Group Activity• Maria, her husband Mario and their son John came to the USA in March. John is 7 years old. He is in first grade but his education level is pre- kindergarten. At home he plays games and watches TV all the time. He never had guidance or discipline from his parents. John has a physical disability and that is why his parents let him do whatever he wants.• Describe one or two strategies to help Maria and Mario.
  11. 11. Involved Parent• Establish a daily family routine.• Model the value of learning, hard work and self-discipline.• Encourage reading, writing, and discussion among family members.• Monitor out-of-school activities.• Express high but realistic expectations for achievement.
  12. 12. Epstein’s Framework of Parental Involvement
  13. 13. 1st Type of Involvement • Help all families establish home Parenting environments to support children as students.
  14. 14. Parenting• Parent education and other courses or training for parents.• Family support programs to assist families with health, nutrition, trauma, other services.• Home visits at transition points to pre- school, elementary, middle, and high school.
  15. 15. 2nd Type of Involvement • Design effective forms of school-to-home and Communicating home-to-school communications about school programs and children’s progress.
  16. 16. Communicating• Conferences with every parent at least once a year.• Language translators to assist families as needed.• Regular schedule of useful notices, phone calls, newsletters, memos, and other communications.
  17. 17. 3rd Type of Involvement • Recruit and organize parent help and support .Volunteering
  18. 18. Volunteering• School and classroom volunteer program to help teachers, administrators, students, and other parents.• Parent room or family center for volunteer work, meetings, and resources for families.• Annual postcard survey to identify all available talents, times, and locations of volunteers.
  19. 19. 4th Type of Involvement • Provide information and Leaning At ideas to families about Home how to help students at home with homework and other curriculum- related activities, decisions, and planning.
  20. 20. Learning At Home• Information for families on skills required for students in all subjects at each grade.• Information on homework policies and how to monitor and discuss schoolwork at home.• Family participation in setting student goals.
  21. 21. 5th Type of Involvement • Include parents in Decision school decisions, and Making develop parent leader and representatives.
  22. 22. Decision Making• Active PTA/PTO or other parent organizations, advisory councils, or committees for parent leadership and participation.• Independent advocacy group to lobby and work for school reform and improvements.• Networks to link all families with parent representatives.
  23. 23. 6th Type of Involvement • Identify and integrate Collaborating resources and services With Community from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.
  24. 24. Collaborating With Community• Information for students and families on community health, cultural, recreational, social support, and other programs/services.• Information on community activities that link to learning skills and talents, including summer programs for students.
  25. 25. Group Activity• If you could give anonymous advice to one set of parents you know about how they are raising their kids, what would you tell them?• If you could change one thing to make life easier for your children, what would you do?• If you could determine the careers of your children, what would you have them do, assuming they would be successful at it?
  26. 26. Questions
  27. 27. References:• rent_involvement.pdf