Presentation on theme: "Engaging All Families with Parent Leaders"— Presentation transcript:
1 Engaging All Families with Parent Leaders Engaging All Families with Parent LeadersFamily engagement is a piece of the student proficiency puzzleMerle SiefkenIllinois Statewide Technical Assistance CollaborativeFamily and Community Engagement Focus Area9:30 AMThis is a presentation of the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC). All rights reserved.NCLB February 2014
2 Discuss with a partnerWhose responsibility is the success of each child?How does your school district engage families to support student success?Do parents have the skills and knowledge to be engaged?Do parents feel welcomed to engage?
3 Learning Objectives Today we will: Examine the role of parent leaders in public educationIdentify strategies to partner with parent leaders to engage more families
4 Working Agreements Everyone shares knowledge and skills Common courtesyAvoid distracting side conversationsWhat’s said here stays here, what’s learned here leavesTurn electronics to silent or vibrate mode
5 Did you know?The number one predictor of a child’s success at school is the mother’s literacy.
6 Did you know?Home factors account for 49% of a child’s success at school.
7 Barriers to Engaging Families Lack of knowledge about the importance of family engagementLack of confidence and skills to work with familiesLack of timeUnwelcoming venues
8 Barriers to Families Engaged Lack of knowledge about the importance of their role in their child’s educationLack of confidence and skills to work with teachersLack of timeLack of trusting relationships
9 Barriers to Families Engaged Lack of confidence and skillsLack of knowledgeLack of trustLack of timeUnwelcoming venuesAvoidance
10 NCLB, Title 1 Building Capacity for Involvement Section 1118 (e) (3), “shall educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.”
11 NCLB, Title 1 Schools Shall Build Capacity for Involvement by: Providing professional development for staff with the assistance of parentsUnderstanding the value and utility of contributions of parentsLearning how to reach out to and communicate with parentsWorking with parents as equal partnersImplementing and coordinating parent programsBuilding ties between parents and the school
12 Remove the barriers by Creating a Welcoming environment Building knowledge around the role of parentsDeveloping skills to be equal partnersProviding quality time to partnerCreating a Welcoming environment
13 Family engagement is built upon the idea that we ALL want students to do well.
14 The choice is to work in partnership or isolation.
15 Students benefit from partnerships Higher grades and test scoresBetter attendance/more homework doneLess need for student support servicesMore positive attitudes and behaviorHigher graduation ratesMore post-secondary educationA New Wave of Evidence
16 If we are serious about improving student achievement, we must be serious about improving family engagement.
17 Schools that succeedIn engaging families from very diverse backgrounds share three key practices:Focus on building trusting collaborative relationships among teachers, families, and community members.Recognize, respect, and address families needs, as well as class and cultural differences.Embrace a philosophy of partnership where power and responsibility are shared.
18 Do our Schools reflect our Communities Student InformationTeacher InformationWhite – 51%Black – 18%Hispanic – 23.6%Asian – 4.2%Two or more races – 2.8%White – 83.3%Black – 7.1%Hispanic – 5.3%Asian – 1.3%Two or more races - 0.8%2012 Illinois State Report Card
19 NCLB, Title 1 Building Capacity for Involvement Section 1118 (e) (9), “may train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.”
20 Parents may be nurtured as leaders For a variety of purposes:EducatingAdvocatingEngagingConnectingOrganizingDeciding
21 Parent Leaders help parents: Understand they should be involvedKnow they are capable of making a contributionFeel invited by the school and their childrenHoover-Dempsey and Sandler
22 Roles of Parent Leaders Build parental capacity to be teachers of their own childrenBuild school capacity to reach the underrepresentedBuild trust between families and schools
23 Do we need to check our temperature or pulse? Parent Engagement Assessment
24 Parent Leaders assist Schools to: Build a community of parents committed to school improvementDevelop relationships of trust between parents and schoolsEnhance parent participation and leadership skillsProvide parent opportunity to influence the process and outcomes of an issueCreate parent participation in a deliberation process where all participants are on an equal footing
25 What steps do you need to take 3 things you learned today?2 things you found interesting and would like to learn more about?1 question you still have about the information?
26 Our time has just begunMerle Siefken , ext. 222