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Family involvement for in school coaches

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Family involvement for in school coaches

  1. 1. FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
  2. 2. Defining Family Involvement What is your definition?
  3. 3. Can all of our families live up to ourdefinition? If not, how can we modify our definition to reflect our unique family contributions? Key questions-  How would our families define family involvement?  What can we do to value diverse contributions?  How can we make every family believe they have something valuable to offer the school?  How can we let families know about the enormous variety of opportunities to contribute (various times of day, various skills required, things can be done at home, etc)?  What does it feel like to parents to come into our school?  Do we need to develop a different definition of family involvement?
  4. 4. Benefits of Family Involvement  Higher achievement  Improved school attendance  Improved student sense of well-being  Improved student behavior  Better parent and student perceptions of classroom and school climate  Better readiness to complete homework  Higher educational aspirations among students and parents  Better student grades  Increased educational productivity of the time that parents and students spend together  Greater parent satisfaction with teachers (Anfara, 2008)
  5. 5. Epstein’s Six Types of Family Involvement Communicating  Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful. Parenting  Parenting skills are promoted and supported. Student learning  Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning. Volunteering  Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought. Decision making  Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families. Collaborating with community  Community resources are used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning. (Epstein, Coates, Salinas, Sanders, & Simon,1
  6. 6. Continuum of SupportsFollowing Epstein’s Six Typesof Family Involvement Activities Communication Parenting Student Learning Volunteering Decision Making Community Collaboration
  7. 7. Communication Newsletters Email Phone calls Meetings Surveys Things to communicate-  Data  Upcoming events  Ways to participate  Individual student progress (to individual parents)  Successes  Actions in response to Parent Survey results
  8. 8. ParentingTraining opportunities Universal  Ex. general behavior management, how to set up expectations at home Secondary  Ex. using behavior intervention plans, rewards at home Tertiary  Ex. community agency supports, exceptional children process
  9. 9. Parenting Cont. Survey families about types of training Include community agencies to provide support for parenting- consider meeting place Parent resource library
  10. 10. Steps for SuccessFor Training and Support for Families Collect Data Tell Parents why it is important Plan Intervention Get Feedback Do Intervention Share data results Ex. Many students are struggling with letter identification. 65% could only identify 20 letters. We would expect 80% to have this skill at this time of year. We provided training and materials for families to work on this at home. Great Job Families- now we have 92% who can identify 20 letters!
  11. 11. Student Learning Make and Take Trainings Themed academic nights involving PBIS expectations “Respect Night” Teach skills to use at home Game show review night before tests Provide parents with questions and answers
  12. 12. Volunteering Ask parents about their talents, provide opportunities to share those skills Ex. music, art, organization, event planning, etc. Tutoring Mentoring Teacher Assistance Fund Raising Guest Speakers Variety in scheduling- day/evening, 1x mo, 1xyr
  13. 13. Decision Making Representative on PBIS Team Drafts sent to PTO team members for feedback Involvement and support for meetings about his/her child
  14. 14. Community Collaboration Letters about PBIS Providing PBIS expectations to post where students are (YMCA, Churches, restaurants) Request volunteers/support for activities and celebrations Ask for sponsorship of events- advertising
  15. 15. Recognition Awards Certificates of Recognition Announcements Interviews/ Articles Donated gifts from the community Tickets to events
  16. 16. Steps for SuccessTraining and Support with Staff Define family involvement Collect data  Consider data about the current families that are involved as well as the families that are not involved Emphasize the importance Match efforts to the culture and values of your families Avoid saying that it won’t work. If you identify barriers, identify solutions. Recognize the efforts of staff who work to build family involvement Incorporate activities that are helpful to staff Use the TIPS problem solving process to ensure that each of the 6 types of family involvement have been considered and addressed
  17. 17. Family is… 2 a: a group of persons of common ancestry : b: a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock :3 a: a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : b: the staff of a high official (as the President)4: a group of things related by common characteristics: 5 a: the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children ; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family <a single-parent family> (family, 2012)
  18. 18. Are we a part of a child’sfamily? How much time? Responsible for teaching? Guiding, shaping, teaching values? Social skills, life-long learners? InvestmentDo we make children and their families feel that we are an extension of their family?
  19. 19. Problem Solving Practice Review the parent survey data and practice the problem-solving process with your team.

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