Research reviews document significant, measurable benefits of family involvement. See Henderson and Berla (1994) & Henderson & Mapp (2002)
Some key findings…
When families are involved at home and at school – children do better in school, and the schools they go to get better.
There is a positive relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education.
When schools engage families in ways that are linked to improving student learning, students make greater gains.
Research also found children do best when their parents are enabled to play 4 key roles: As Decision-Makers Parents serve on advisory committees and management teams participating in joint problem-solving. As Advocates Parents help children negotiate the system and receive fair treatment, and work to make the system responsible to all families As Supporters Contribute their time, knowledge and skills to the school enriching the curriculum . As Teachers Parents create a home environment that promotes learning and reinforces what is being taught at school.
Roving Readers are parents, grandparents and community members who rove around classrooms as guest readers sharing favorite stories that combat stereotypes and help develop positive self-esteem and appreciation of diversity.
Initiated in 1996, Library Nights continue to be a very popular program, especially among yong children. An average of 70 children and their fasmilies from the diverse backgrounds represented in the school attend every month.
Project Interaction also supports Pre-K Library Afternoons , which pre-K teachers began in 2006.
Parents learn in more depth about what children need to know by the end of the school year…
Observe what and how their children are learning in the classroom…
and take home practical ideas to reinforce the learning at home.
Heritage and Diversity Special Projects Design take home and school-wide activities to help all children learn about their roots and learn to appreciate the cultural and language diversity in the school.
An opportunity for teachers to build stronger school-family connections and learn about the cultures of their second language learners by doing home visits where the family teaches them how to make a typical dish and the teacher shows them how to reinforce math (measuring) concepts while cooking.
A kitchen is a safe place for teachers and families to interact, build relationships and learn together.