Presentation on theme: "FAMILY INVOLVEMENT Creating Home-School Partnerships So That All Children Succeed Anne Thompson Miami-Dade County Public Schools Office of Parental Involvement."— Presentation transcript:
1 FAMILY INVOLVEMENTCreating Home-School Partnerships So That All Children SucceedAnne ThompsonMiami-Dade County Public SchoolsOffice of Parental Involvement
2 A New Wave of Evidence:The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student AchievementBy Anne T. Hendersonand Karen L. Mapp
3 Overall Finding: When families are involved at home and at school -- Children do better in school, and the schools get better
4 If Parents are Involved, Students from All Backgrounds Tend To: Earn higher grades and test scoresEnroll in higher-level programsBe promoted and earn creditsAdapt well to school and attend regularlyHave better social skills and behaviorGraduate and go on to higher education
5 Finding #1: Link to Learning Parent and community involvement that is designed to improve student learning has a greater effect on achievement.
6 Parent Impact: Middle-High School Greatest impact on student achievement:High expectations for student successDiscussing plans for future educationHelping students prepare for collegeMonitoring progressKnowledge of courses and classes(Catsambis, 1998; Ho and Willms, 1996)
7 Finding #2: Programs Work Parents will attend workshops on helping childrenParents will use this information to help their childrenStudents will do better as a result
8 Finding #3: Advocacy is Protective The more families can be advocates for children and support their progress, the better their children do, and the longer they stay, in school.
9 What are Advocates? 1. Know how system works 2. Work with school staff to plan for children’s future3. Guide children through the system4. Know where to get help5. Speak out for otherparents
10 Finding #4: All Families Contribute Families of all backgrounds are involved at home.Talk about schoolHelp plan for higher educationKeep focused on learning and homework.Encourage their children
11 Finding #5: Working with Community Groups Gets Results Upgraded school facilitiesImproved school leadership and staffingHigher quality learning programsResources to improve teaching and curriculumFunding for after-school programs and family supports(Lewis, Mediratta and Fruchter, 2002)
12 Findings #6-8: Practices that Work to Engage All Families Focus on building personal relationshipsReach out and remove barriersAddress class and cultural differences
13 Parents Are More Likely to Become Involved When: Parents understand that they SHOULD be involvedParents feel CAPABLE of making a contributionParents feel INVITED by the school and their children(Hoover-Dempsey and Sandler, 1997)
14 Where does your School Fall? Partnership School: We do WHATEVER IT TAKES to work with families so all students succeedOpen-door School: We offers lots of ways for parents to be involvedCome-if-we-call School: Parents are welcome when we set the termsFortress School: Parents belong at HOME
15 What can YOU do?Encourage conversations with other parents about how their children learn, what seems to help them.Organize small gatherings at home, church, community centers or schools nearby; invite parents to talk about what they consider important in education. Keep inviting!Don’t give up on parents.Keep working with teachers and other personnel to establish connections between families and the school.Keep showing respect for each family, no matter what your feelings are about how good or bad they are as parents.Encourage parents who have concerns to talk to the teachers, counselors or principals. Offer to go as support with them if they feel embarrassed or shy.Remember: it’s all about the children!
16 We need a new vision for parent involvement A vision that matches the reality of the 21st Century