AGENDA Welcome/Introduction Define Parent involvement (PI) Why is PI Important Types of Parent Involvement Barriers Engaging Parents & Overcoming Obstacles What can parents do to get involved Building Family-School Partnership Q & A Resources
Parent Involvement (PI)???? PI is defined as having an awareness of and involvement in schoolwork, understanding of the interaction between parenting skills and students success in schooling and a commitment to consistent communication with educators about students progress.
Why PI is important?? According to the National Network of Partnership Schools, for parent involvement to flourish, it must be meaningfully integrated into a school’s programs & community. - -Help families with parenting and child-rearing skills - -Communicate with families about school programs & student progress and needs - -Work to improve recruitment, training, & schedules to involve families or volunteers in school activities - -Encourage families to be involved in learning activities at home - -Include parents as participants in important school decisions
Why PI is important?? (cont.) Parent involvement is crucial to the health and well- being of a child. ● As a parent, you are the most important influence in your child’s success in school and in life. Students with involved parents are more likely to: 1. Earn higher grades and pass their classes 2. Attend school regularly & build better social skills 3. Build self-esteem & show improvement in behavior 4. The child is more likely graduate & attend college
Types of Parent Involvement Researchers have identified 3 constructs of parent involvement: Communicating Supervision Parental expectations & Parenting Styles
Staff barriers According to Family Support America there are 4 common barriers of Parent Involvement. Attitudes Logistics System barriers Lack of Skills
Parent barriers Time Not feeling valued/unwelcomed Child Care Language Transportation Special Needs
Engaging Parents (Brainstorming Section) “Engaging parents in their child(s) education is not easy.” What are some ways that your school has tried to involve parents within the school? What do you think could have been done different?
Tips to engaging parents ◦ Set school requirements for parents such as: -Protecting God’s Children training -At least 1 hour of involvement in school activities a month. (Hour can be split up) ◦ Design workshops just for parents ◦ Set up an Online Parent Community - It will allow parents to post and receive school updates - Post resources for parents
Overcoming obstacles Make school environment a more comfortable feel for parents as well as students by: 1. Posting welcome signs in all languages spoken at the school. 2. Create a space within the school (if possible) that is just for parents, such as a parent center 3. If possible, offer child care at meetings or school functions 4. Offer workshops for parents
What can parents do? According to Epstein’s Framework there are 6 types of parent involvement. Parenting Communication Volunteering Learning at Home School Decision-making and Advocacy Collaboration with the Community
Building Family-School Partnership Research has shown that Family Involvement promotes student success. When families, schools, and communities work together: Student’s achievement improves Teacher morale rises Communication increases Family, school, and communities connections multiply