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Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement

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Parental involvement is my passion! Research shows that students and schools improve when parents are involved! How are you involved at your school? Is there a PTA/PTO/PAC? Are parents encouraged to be decision-makers and leaders? Why is it important for you to be an active, involved parent? If you are not involved right now, how would you like to be involved? What do you know about whether or not your school is in compliance with its parental involvement requirements?

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Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra's picture
Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra
Education Officer, GEMS INDIA

Parent Involvement must be given a preface in order to shine and be a bencmarked QUALITY School.

Pamela DeRossitte's picture

Dr. Mehrotra,

We are just discussing this topic a bit, in a graduate school class.
How can we get parents more involved? And can you say more about the compliance requirements?

Mood Dude's picture
Mood Dude
An involved parernt with an idea inspired by son's School Counselor.

I have enjoyed a high degree of involvement with my three kids (knock on wood) to date. However, my oldest son went through a tumultuous period in HS as most kids do. It was frustrating to say the least. He was largely unapproachable and much of the communication I enjoyed from his youth had slowed. Luckily, for us his school counselor gave him a "today I feel" refrigerator magnet. It really helped us to keep tabs but back away at the same time to give him the space he needed. It also helped us to be prepared to jump in with the right question when he would crack the door just a little for us.
After he left for college I built an app to take the magnet interactive.

Jean Crawford's picture

Doreen, in your post you say that "research shows that students and schools improve when parents are involved". Can you point me to any specific research studies that show this? I know it to be true and I have heard many times that "research shows" but I have not seen any specific research studies. I'd love to have a citation for this statement. Thanks!

Renee's picture
Renee
Middle School Reading Teacher

I need suggestions on how to encourage, obtain and sustain parent involvement.

Mood Dude's picture
Mood Dude
An involved parernt with an idea inspired by son's School Counselor.

To me involvement is taking an active interest in the daily lives of my kids. However, I have found I need to deal in their currency and on their timetable or involvement is perceived as harassment.
One small and simple way I have kept the door open with my kids is thru the use of the Moodguru app. Feel free to send me a message if you want more details.

Mr. E - The Motivator's picture
Mr. E - The Motivator
Mr. E! The Motivator is a motivational performer for grades K-8!

Begin with Joyce Epstien's "School, Family, and Community Partnerships" I believe every school should go by this book. Its setup like a peer-reviewed text book covering all things Parental Involvement, take my word. Next, if you hit up EBSCO host and search for the tags "parental involvement" and "student achievement," you find a plethora of articles that support that research. Pointing out one just does not give the proper justice to the importance #inmyopinion :^D

Mr. E - The Motivator's picture
Mr. E - The Motivator
Mr. E! The Motivator is a motivational performer for grades K-8!

@Renee - What type of parental involvement are you in search of? Volunteering, Supporting learning at home, attending meetings? Let me know and I'll have some suggestions.

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Renee,

Parental involvement can be simple to deep. It'll depend on what you want as outcomes. Having worked with parents I find the most simple things, such as a bake sales or parental help on field trips, usually is a great way to begin the connection for long term involvement. I found an article titled "Involving Parents in the Education of Their Children." Let us know if this article is useful or you have ideas.

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