Parental Involvement In School Equals Success


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Parental Involvement In School Equals Success

  1. 1. Parental Involvement in School Equals Success Make it happen! Venus M. Rhodes Intro to Exceptionalities Grad Fall 2009
  2. 2. Parental Involvement <ul><li>Research shows an increasing trend of absent parents in the child’s education </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are their child’s biggest advocate and must have an active role their child’s development </li></ul><ul><li>The more knowledge the parent has the better empowered they will be </li></ul><ul><li>As an educator, we can assist this process </li></ul>
  3. 3. Increasing parent involvement <ul><li>Lack of parental involvement is one of the biggest problems facing school systems </li></ul><ul><li>When the child feels there is connection between home and school life, they view them as not 2 separate institutions but as an important whole </li></ul><ul><li>Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Better school attendance </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Increased motivation, better self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Lower rates of suspension </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Decreased use of drugs and alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>-Fewer instances of violent behavior </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lack of parental involvement <ul><li>There are assorted reasons for lack of parental involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Parents report not feeling welcomed by the school </li></ul><ul><li>Parents have reported frustrations over feeling disinterest from teachers, talked down to as teachers use jargon and diversity issues </li></ul><ul><li>A reciprocal partnership needs to be created for student success </li></ul>
  5. 5. Increasing parental involvement <ul><li>Allowing parents to visit the classroom to see what their child is learning and doing </li></ul><ul><li>Communication is key and the ability for parents to stay in touch my non-traditional means is almost a requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping parents “in the loop” with newsletters, web conference and teacher websites throughout the school year </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teacher Strategies <ul><li>o         Recognize and honor diversity of families, cultures, race and socioeconomic status. </li></ul><ul><li>o        Prior to school beginning- have a social gathering of students and parents. Gathering should be slightly informal; teachers should wear casual clothing, fun and team building activities should be part of the social. </li></ul><ul><li>o        Various times should be set up for an “open house” prior to the beginning of school. Parents and students can locate lockers, classrooms, assigned seats, and bathrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>o        Ability for contact between teachers, parents and students to communicate via communication book, email, telephone, newsletters, web conference and teacher website throughout the school year. </li></ul><ul><li>o        School resources available for parental “continued learning” in order to best assist their children with schooling. </li></ul><ul><li>o        Invitations for parents to come to school for presentations of what their children have been learning, especially children in after school clubs. i.e., drama, speech and debate, art club. </li></ul><ul><li>o        School activities that parent and child can participate in together. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What’s Next? <ul><li>Further education on how to best communicate with parents of children with special needs </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about cultural and ethnic differences of families </li></ul><ul><li>Put the “plan” to work and utilize all aspects of this plan </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge the gap between educators and parents </li></ul>
  8. 8. Paper Reflection <ul><li>It is our role as teachers to get parents to feel unconditionally welcomed and provide them with the tools they need in order to make thoughtful decisions and contributions to their child’s education </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone benefits when solving problems together; I found this project to be useful in furthering my understanding and education regarding parent involvement within the school environment </li></ul>