The Toolkit for Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference


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What can parents do to help their kids succeed at school? What kind of parent involvement really makes a difference? Watch and listen to this webinar featuring expert Carl Corter ~ accompanied by the People for Education team. The webinar was recorded on April 3rd, 2012 Download the Parent Involvement Toolkit free on our website.

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The Toolkit for Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference

  1. 1. Beyond the school council:Parent involvement that makesa differenceProfessor Carl Corter,Ontario Institute for Studies inEducation / University of Toronto
  2. 2. About Carl CorterProfessor Carl Corter is a leading expert onparenting and parent involvement in schools.During his time at the Ontario Institute forStudies in Education, he has served as Dean andas Director of the Institute for Child Study. Hehas conducted highly influential research aboutschool-based, integrated children’s services,including the Toronto First Duty project.
  3. 3. Agenda Agenda:• Parent involvement matters• What matters most: high expectations, talking about school, developing positive attitudes and work habits, reading with children• Schools can make a difference: outreach, invitations and two-way communication• Questions?
  4. 4. Parent involvement matters Parent involvement mattersThirty years of research show parents’involvement in their children’s education hassignificant impact on children’s academic anddevelopmental goals.BUTNot all parent involvement is equally useful,and there is limited evidence for specificprograms of parent involvement.So what do we know?
  5. 5. Two types of parent involvement• Home-based activities and attitudes• School-based activities
  6. 6. Home-based activitiesMore important than limiting TV time, ormonitoring homework, four things parents domake the biggest difference:•Have high expectations•Talk with their children about school•Help develop positive attitudes and work habits•Reading to and with their children
  7. 7. High expectations• When parents communicate that they expect their children to succeed, children and youth do better
  8. 8. Talk about school• Levels of home discussion are consistent across racial groups, family structure, and social class• EQAO: only 38% of grade 6 students report they talk to a parent or guardian every day about school• Teachers - give parents something to talk about!
  9. 9. Positive attitudes and work habits• Parents’ critical influence on school success is found in how they shape their children’s attitudes, sense of personal competence, and work habits• Not “teaching” children• A major research review showed parents’ involvement in children’s homework had “neglible to nonexistent” effects
  10. 10. Reading together• Read for joy!• Read in any language!• EQAO: Only 21% of Ontario children in grade 3 report that they read together with a parent or guardian every day or almost every day
  11. 11. Schools can make a difference Schools can make a difference• Evidence clearly shows that school practices can make a difference, but it’s less about ‘programs’ and more about outreach, communication, collaboration and building relationships.
  12. 12. InvitationsParents are more likely to get involved withschool when they receive invitations to getinvolved from teachers, or through students•Send home questions to start conversations aboutwhat happened at school today•Consider assignments that require students to ask anadult at home questions•Ask parents to watch TV with their child and discuss
  13. 13. Two-way communication
  14. 14. Try to find out whatparents want and needto help their childsucceed
  15. 15. Effective outreachimproves school-wide achievement –but teachers need amenu of ways tocommunicate
  16. 16. Take advantage of schoolactivities and events –parent teacher interviews,concerts, or celebrations -to build connections andtrust
  17. 17. Questions from participants:•Is there research on building school culture?•How do we reach parents?•Information re: surveying students to find out if theyfeel they have someone to talk to at home – thencommunicating results to parents•Discussion about the variety of methods you can useto reach parents Get the free Parent Involvement Toolkit
  18. 18. About P4EPeople for Education is an independentcharitable organization working to supportpublic education in Ontarios English,Catholic and French schools. We believethat public education has the capacity totransform and enrich childrens lives, andis the foundation of a civil society.