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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Parent Involvement and engagement

Parent Involvement and engagement

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Involving parents in the classroom has always been difficult for me as a classroom teacher. Now as an English as a Second Language teacher it has become even more difficult. What are some ways you involve or engage parents in your classroom? Yes there is a difference between involving and engaging parents as I am currently learning. How would you define parent involvement and parent engagement?

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jjd005
K-3 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Special Education Teacher

Involving parents is always a difficult task because there is a wide range of parent interest for involvement with the schools! I have had conversations with my ESL teacher and she has had conversations with many of our families. Many of the families indicate we are the experts and they believe whatever we think is best for their son/daughter, we should do!

I recently created a classroom website and classroom blog. I hope to share this information with my families. Also, I will be sending parents and students personal invitations to visit my classroom during our open house. I teach special education, so many times no one visits my classroom on these nights!

Parent involvement and engagement are difficult to define, but I perceive parent involvement as participatory. When I imagine parent engagement, I imagine parents acting as advocates for their son/daughter and communication is occurring regularly between the school and the family!

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