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Creating The Conditions for Parent Engagement

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Presentation for the Parents as Partners series with Lorna Constantini of ourschool.ca. A focsu on ideas and questions on how principals and schools can create the conditions for parent engagement.

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Creating The Conditions for Parent Engagement

  1. Chris Wejr@ChrisWejrwww.chriswejr.com Creating the Conditions for Parent Engagement Parents as Partners – November 26, 2012
  2. ABOUT ME
  3. Parents are educators too. A parent is a child’s fir teacher. And that does not have to end once a chi begins school. It should continue to grow and evolv with new parent, teacher, school and communi relationships; relationships that are strengthened bengaging in meaningful dialogue, mutual respect, tru and collaboratio Tracy Bachelli
  4. We should contact [parents] when there is a problem, its good when they dont "bother" us, we need them to raise money, and we can blame them for all kinds of things were not happy about. Unfortunately, research and experience show that these attitudes do not lead to the kind of school- family connections that raise student achievement. Larry Ferlazzocc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Holy Outlaw:http://flickr.com/photos/holyoutlaw/154393425/
  5. Want to learn more about how to engage parents? Ask PARENTS!
  6. A principal who develops strong relationships with parents and parent groups, will have parents who aremore likely to become involved in the school community, and this in turn will have a strong impact on the overall effectiveness and inclusiveness of the school. Sheila Stewart
  7. Parent/Family Engagement
  8. The differencebetween involvement and engagement canbe summed up as thedifference between a community dinner and a potluck. Mary-Lou VanBerkel cc licensed flickr photo by seniwati: http://flickr.com/photos/seniwati/5955739211/
  9. Team or Partners? cc licensed flickr photo by o5com: http://flic.kr/p/8XmTsG
  10. “Opportunity for 2-way communicationoften IS the parent engagement” Sheila Stewart cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by P Shanks: http://flickr.com/photos/pshanks/411196422/
  11. Family CommunicationImage: http://flic.kr/p/691uEj TO vs WITH
  12. Use Technologyto meet parents where they are.
  13. You can work hard to run all theseevents to get parents into the school… but the most important thing is howthey are treated when they are there. Kent School Parent
  14. It is not about technology nor is it about events…it is about how we view parent engagement in our schools. cc licensed flickr photo by Dominics pics: http://flickr.com/photos/dominicspics/4626456660/
  15. We don’t have to agree… but we must seek to understand. Stan WatchornImage: http://flic.kr/p/j3VJg
  16. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Manonet: http://flic.kr/p/LZeuMParents are doingthe best they can.
  17. Be aware of what we carry in our “invisible knapsacks” cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Patrick McEvoy-Halston: http://flickr.com/photos/patrickmh/260205390/
  18. Ghosts of the Pastcc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by eebeejay: http://flickr.com/photos/magnopere/268625808/
  19. Model Care &Understanding of Different Generationscc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by edanley:http://flickr.com/photos/edanley/4289324169/
  20. Stop Labeling Parents
  21. Telling parents is a lot different Image: Kumon.comThan working WITH parents
  22. Who is at the table? When are they at the table?cc licensed flickr photo by lrargerich: http://flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3130536999/
  23. School Planning Councils British Columbia School planning councils acknowledge the importance of parental involvement and formalize the role of parents in developing plans to improve student achievement in all schools in British Columbia. School planning councils are advisory bodies. Their majorresponsibility is to develop, monitor and review school plans for student achievement in consultation with the school community.
  24. cc licensed flickr photo by gibsonsgolfer: http://flic.kr/p/9xgxFbBuild Community
  25. Build Trust
  26. Listen With Your Eyes
  27. Sit besideImage: http://flic.kr/p/63Xiwt
  28. PersonalizeParent Communication cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by yago1.com: http://flickr.com/photos/yjv/4649068019/
  29. Determine and work to Overcome Barriers cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Hullaboo: http://flickr.com/photos/kruger_otto/5581886586/
  30. Create opportunities fordialogue when parents are already coming.
  31. Provide Windows into Classrooms
  32. Be Transparent.
  33. Share thePositives cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by krissen: http://flickr.com/photos/krissen/6340984211 /
  34. cc licensed flickr photo by calonda:http://flickr.com/photos/25508895@N00/181902056/Be Patient:Parents are new each year Heidi Hass Gable
  35. Share the School’s Stories
  36. “As valued and trusted participants in education, it is more likely that parent involvement will benefit principal leadership, teacher support, and student learning, as well as contribute to an inclusive, vibrant school community.” Sheila Stewart
  37. Creating the Conditions…1. Build community, build trust2. Ask parents how to best engage3. Communicate WITH parents; meet them where they are4. Truly listen5. Seek to understand6. Create opportunities for formal/informal dialogue7. Provide windows into the school – share the stories8. Be transparent9. Share the positives10. Be patient
  38. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr Facebook.com/chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com

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