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Parents as Collaborators in the Classroom

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This presentation was given at the FutureSchools conference in Sydney 2016. Aimed at educators (particularly those in primary/elementary years) it explores how parents can be used in the classroom to provide a richer learning experience for students.

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Parents as Collaborators in the Classroom

  1. 1. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 1 PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM
  2. 2. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 2 powerful classroom technology empoweringdevice forteachers
  3. 3. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 3 Bringing parents into your classroom as collaborators can change the way you teach - and the learning experiences you create for your students.
  4. 4. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 4 Building parents skills is a significant investment of time and effort - but it pays off over the long term, in your class, in future classes, and at home.
  5. 5. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 5 Brett Rolfe The Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education schoolhouse.edu.au @schoolhouse_au
  6. 6. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 6
  7. 7. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 7 TODAY Who currently volunteers in our classrooms? What does the research tell us? What does best practice look like? What can you do differently on Monday?
  8. 8. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 8 WHO CURRENTLY VOLUNTEERS IN OUR CLASSROOMS?
  9. 9. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 9 35% 65% 61% 39% MUMS DADS Lots of parents* volunteer at some point. *AND GRANDPARENTS ETC.
  10. 10. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 10 0% 12.5% 25% 37.5% 50% Occasional <1hr/wk About 1hr/wk 2-3 hr/wk 4+ hr/wk MUMS DADS Mums generally volunteer more time.
  11. 11. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 11 CURRENT VOLUNTEERS Only about 1 in 8 primary school parents currently volunteer, mostly for less than an hour a week. 12%
  12. 12. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 12 0% 12.5% 25% 37.5% 50% 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+ Current volunteers are generally 30-49.
  13. 13. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 13 Postgrad 15% Undergrad 46% TAFE 27% High school 12% Most current volunteers have tertiary education.
  14. 14. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 14 READING ART&CRAFT MATERIALSPREP EXCURSIONS SPORT&PE MATHS 1:1TUTORING CLASSLOGISTICS CO-TEACHING TECHEXPERTISE BEHAVIOURMGT GENERALHELP PASTORALCARE GAMES&PLAY RELIGIOUSED SPECIALNEEDS COOK&SEW Reading is the most popular of a wide range of activities
  15. 15. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 15 NET PROMOTER SCORE: HOW LIKELY WOULD YOU BE TO RECOMMEND VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOM TO ANOTHER PARENT? 0 10 20 30 HEALTHINSURANCE (+12) ISP(-3) SMARTPHONE(+40) CURRENT VOLUNTEERS(+34) EVERVOLUNTEERED(+26) ALLPARENTS(-9) Many parents don’t see the benefits of 
 volunteering in their child’s classroom. SOURCE: SATMETRIX 2015 CONSUMER NET PROMOTER BENCHMARKS
  16. 16. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 16 Kids today. They’re not like they used to be. It’s not my place to interfere. I don’t ask teachers to come to my work and help me. What reasons do parents give for not volunteering in the classroom?
  17. 17. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 17 It’s personally rewarding, and connects you to your child’s life. Children benefit from their parents’ involvement. It helps teachers, kids, the school and the community. What reasons do parents give for volunteering in the classroom?
  18. 18. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 18 WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH TELL US?
  19. 19. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 19 Children’s attitude and achievement benefit from parental engagement with school, particularly for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.“BORGONOVI, F. AND G. MONTT (2012) PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN SELECTED PISA COUNTRIES AND ECONOMIES. OECD EDUCATION WORKING PAPERS, NO. 73, OECD PUBLISHING. EPSTEIN, J. L. (1992) SCHOOL AND FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS. IN M. AKIN (ED.), ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (2ND ED., PP. 1139-1151). NEW YORK: MACMILLAN. PUSHOR, D. (2007). PARENT ENGAGEMENT: CREATING A SHARED WORLD. ONTARIO MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.
  20. 20. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 20 Teachers aides and smaller class sizes provide significant benefits - if teachers adapt their 
 way of teaching. ANDERSON, L. W. (2000). WHY SHOULD REDUCED CLASS SIZE LEAD TO INCREASED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT? IN M. C. WANG, & J. D. FINN (EDS.), HOW SMALL CLASSES HELP TEACHERS DO THEIR BEST. PHILADELPHIA: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. EVERTSON, C. M. (2000) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CLASS SIZE REDUCTION. IN M. C. WANG, & J. D. FINN (EDS.), HOW SMALL CLASSES HELP TEACHERS DO THEIR BEST. PHILADELPHIA: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. MOLNAR, A., SMITH, P. AND ZAHORIK, J. (1999) EVALUATING THE SAGE PROGRAM: A PILOT PROGRAM IN TARGETED PUPIL-TEACHER REDUCTION IN WISCONSIN. EDUCATION AND POLICY ANALYSIS. PP. 165-177. “
  21. 21. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 21 Working with parents as collaborators requires significant investment of time and a willingness to challenge pre-existing ideas. WILLIS, L. (2009). A MULTILITERACIES PROJECT IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL: PARENTS AS COTEACHERS. WILLIS, L. (2013) PARENT-TEACHER ENGAGEMENT: A COTEACHING AND COGENERATIVE DIALOGUING APPROACH. (DOCTORAL DISSERTATION, QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY) RETRIEVED FROM HTTP://EPRINTS.QUT.EDU.AU/63306/1/ LINDA-DIANNE_WILLIS_THESIS.PDF WILLIS, L. (2013) PARENT-TEACHER ENGAGEMENT: A COTEACHING AND COGENERATIVE DIALOGUING APPROACH. (DOCTORAL DISSERTATION, QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY) RETRIEVED FROM HTTP://EPRINTS.QUT.EDU.AU/63306/1/LINDA-DIANNE_WILLIS_THESIS.PDF “
  22. 22. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 22 Collaborating with parents results in richer classroom experiences, and broader impacts on 
 community attitudes. SYMEOU, L. (2002) VALUING PARENTS AS CO-EDUCATORS: A TEACHER-PARENT PARTNERSHIP PROJECT IN CYPRUS. RETRIEVED FROM HTTP://WWW.HFRP.ORG/PUBLICATIONS- RESOURCES/PUBLICATIONS-SERIES/FAMILY-INVOLVEMENT-RESEARCH-DIGESTS/VALUING-PARENTS-AS-CO-EDUCATORS-A-TEACHER-PARENT-PARTNERSHIP-PROJECT-IN- CYPRUS WILLIS, L. (2013) PARENT-TEACHER ENGAGEMENT: A COTEACHING AND COGENERATIVE DIALOGUING APPROACH. (DOCTORAL DISSERTATION, QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY) RETRIEVED FROM HTTP://EPRINTS.QUT.EDU.AU/63306/1/LINDA-DIANNE_WILLIS_THESIS.PDF “
  23. 23. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 23 WHAT DOES BEST PRACTICE LOOK LIKE?
  24. 24. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 24 RELATIONSHIP EFFECTIVELY COLLABORATING WITH PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY SKILLS
  25. 25. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 25 RELATIONSHIP EFFECTIVELY COLLABORATING WITH PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY SKILLS
  26. 26. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 26 We need to move beyond parents as naive customers and teachers as professional experts. Teachers must be willing to let parents in, and to trust and empower them (over time). Parents must be ready to commit their time and energy, to work and to grow. IT TAKES TWO
  27. 27. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 27 “[A] form of structured discourse in which teachers and students engage in a collaborative effort to help identify and implement positive changes in classroom teaching and learning practices.” MARTIN, SONYA. "WHERE PRACTICE AND THEORY INTERSECT IN THE CHEMISTRY CLASSROOM: USING COGENERATIVE DIALOGUE TO IDENTIFY THE CRITICAL POINT IN SCIENCE EDUCATION." CULTURAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE EDUCATION 1.4 (2006): 693-720. AN APPROACH: 
 COGENERATIVE DIALOGUING 
 (Wolff-Michael Roth & Kenneth Tobin)
  28. 28. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 28 COGENERATIVE DIALOGUES
 IN PRACTICE • Leave the power dynamics at the door. • Create a time and space for meaningful dialogue - 
 being conscious of the nature of the space. • Agree to commit for a defined period (then review). • Honest, open, constructive, two-way feedback.
  29. 29. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 29 fruit cutters collaborators vs.
  30. 30. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 30 RELATIONSHIP EFFECTIVELY COLLABORATING WITH PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY SKILLS
  31. 31. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 31 Shared learning plan. Modelled, guided, independent. Appropriate learning resources. Feedback on performance. APPRENTICING PARENTS
  32. 32. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 32 Reading (individual and group). Art. Maths. PE. One-on-one tutoring. Group-work support. SKILLS TO BUILD
  33. 33. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 33 Organisations like PETAA and MANSW. (Quality) online resources. Your own learning materials. RESOURCES TO PROVIDE
  34. 34. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 34 RELATIONSHIP EFFECTIVELY COLLABORATING WITH PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY SKILLS
  35. 35. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 35
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  38. 38. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 38 One-on-one literacy support. Reading groups, literature circles. Individual support (maths, writing, art, research). Group support (group projects, drama, music, PE) DO THINGS BETTER
  39. 39. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 39 RETHINK YOUR CLASSROOM (going beyond simply ‘better’)
  40. 40. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 40
  41. 41. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 41
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  45. 45. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS 45 communication collaboration creativity critical thinking empathy resilience initiative awareness 21st CENTURY SKILLS RICHER PEDAGOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
  46. 46. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 46 MINDFULNESS EXERCISES • TEACHING MEDITATION TO CHILDREN (DAVID FONTANA & INGRID SLACK) • THE MINDFUL CHILD (SUSAN GREENLAND)
  47. 47. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 47 PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY • TEACHING THINKING: PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM (ROBERT FISHER) • CHILDREN AS PHILOSOPHERS (JOANNA HAYNES)
  48. 48. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 48 CRITICAL, REFLEXIVE GROUP WORK • DESIGNING GROUP WORK (ELIZABETH COHEN & RACHEL LOTAN) • EFFECTIVE GROUP WORK IN PRIMARY CLASSROOMS: THE SPRING APPROACH (PETER KUTNICK & PETER BLATCHFORD)
  49. 49. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 49 EXPERIENTIAL MATHS • LEARNING MATHS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM (NCETM, UK) • NATURALMATH.COM & LIVINGMATH.NET
  50. 50. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 50 SELF-DIRECTED INQUIRY & CREATIVITY PROJECTS • THINKERTOYS: A HANDBOOK OF CREATIVE-THINKING TECHNIQUES (MICHAEL MICHALKO) • WILD CURIOSITY: HOW TO UNLEASH CREATIVITY AND ENCOURAGE LIFELONG WONDERING (ERIK SHONSTROM)
  51. 51. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 51 RELATIONSHIP EFFECTIVELY COLLABORATING WITH PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM PEDAGOGY SKILLS
  52. 52. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 52 WHAT CAN YOU DIFFERENTLY ON MONDAY?
  53. 53. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 53 1 Invite parents to attend a skill-building event. • FOCUS ON READING • IMPROVE EXISTING ACTIVITY • IDENTIFY POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS
  54. 54. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 54 2 Share self- development resources with parents. • DELIVER THROUGH EXISTING CHANNELS - NEWSLETTERS, INTRANETS, BLOGS ETC.
  55. 55. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 55 3 Collaborate to design a project you haven’t done before. • IDENTIFY POTENTIAL PARENTS • WORK WITH ONE CANDIDATE
  56. 56. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 56 4 Engage with like-minded colleagues. • FORM A COLLECTIVE OF EXPERIMENTERS IN YOUR SCHOOL • SHARE EXPERIENCES ONLINE AND MAKE CONNECTIONS
  57. 57. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 57 5 Join the Progressive Educators Network. PEN.SCHOOLHOUSE.EDU.AU
 @SCHOOLHOUSE_AU • ORIGINAL MONTHLY CONTENT • SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES OF PARENTS IN THE CLASSROOM
  58. 58. PARENTS AS COLLABORATORS IN THE CLASSROOM | THE SCHOOLHOUSE CENTRE FOR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION | 58 THANK YOU AND HAPPY COLLABORATING! PEN.SCHOOLHOUSE.EDU.AU | @SCHOOLHOUSE_AU

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