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1 Presented by Margaret Shandorf Federal and State Programs Focus on Family Involvement Effective Ways to Involve ParentsPresented by Margaret Shandorf
2 Research showsNo matter the socioeconomic status, when parents are involved students are more likely to:Earn better gradesObtain better test scoresPass coursesBe promoted to the next gradeAttend school regularlyHave better social skillsAdapt to changeGraduate
3 Not only are the students impacted Parents become empoweredTeacher morale is improvedStudent performance increasesThe community is strengthened
4 Common Forms of Parental Involvement School volunteersMembers of school and district councilsCommunication between teachers - parentsParticipation at events, trainings and activitiesParent- teacher conferencesSupport from the communityStrategies that assist student learning at homeEffective homework practices
5 Change Needs to HappenIf a school operates under archaic belief systems in its approaches to family involvement, we will never raise the bar.
6 Six Types of Parental Involvement Based on the Work of Joyce Epstein ParentingCommunicatingLearning at HomeVolunteeringDecision MakingCollaborating with Community
7 Parenting Page 8 - 176 Ways to Involve Parents Schools help families and caregivers understand the growth and development of their children through:Parenting and child rearing skillsUnderstanding child and adolescent developmentEstablishing age and grade appropriate home conditions that support children as studentsFamilies provide information to schools so educators and administrators can better understand families’ backgrounds, cultures, and goals for their students
8 Parenting - Sample Activities Host family learning workshops on topics suggested by parents, held at times and places easily accessible to all parents and providing childcareProvide families with information on child developmentProvide families with information about developing home conditions that support school learningArrange support groups for families with special interests and needsProvide guidance to parents with transitioning children from middle and high school levels
9 Communicating Page 79 - 176 Ways to Involve Parents Encourages families to provide reactions, ideas, and preferences to the school as well as ask questions about student progress and school programsPromotes school-to-home and home-to-school communications about the district, school, classroom programs and student progressCommunicating shows:Cooperation between school and home.Students that their parents and teachers are working together to help them succeed.
10 Communicating - Sample Activities Schedule parent-teacher conferences to establish student learning goals for the yearSend home positive messages about studentsMake home visitsInvolve families in student award and recognition eventsEncourage and make provisions for staff members to communicate with parents about their children’s progressseveral times each semester
11 Learning at Home Page 72 - 176 Ways to Involve Parents Students are the primary participants in learning at home activities as their homework is essentially their responsibilityFamilies can enhance the impact of learning at home through their involvement with:Information and ideas about the academic work their children do in classCoordinating what is happening in the classroom with activities at homeGuidance in helping children with homeworkOngoing communication with the teacher
12 Learning at Home - Sample Activities Have specific goals and activities that keep parents informed and involved in their children’s homeworkOffer learning activities and events for the whole familyInvite parents to utilize the school resource room and media centerHelp parents understand student assessments and student performance measuresInvolve community and business partnerships to provide resources and services to support student learning
13 Volunteering Page 18 - 176 Ways to Involve Parents Families are encouraged to share their time and talent to support the school, classrooms, teachers, and their childrenVolunteers tell students, faculty and the community that parents care about the school and its studentsVolunteering can take place in many areas of the schoolHelping in the library, computer room, family room, resource room or lunch roomAssisting with after school programs or field tripsAttending student performances, extra curricular activities, assemblies, celebrations and other events
14 Volunteering - Sample Activities Gather information about the level and frequency of family and community members participation in school programsOffer youth service learning opportunities for students who want to volunteer in the communityAssist school staff to learn how to work with parent and community volunteersAcknowledge volunteers on an ongoing basis by recognizing them as volunteer of the month and spotlight them in the school newsletterHost a program to recognize your school volunteers
15 Decision Making Page 89 - 176 Ways to Involve Parents Parents must have an active voice when it comes to decision making at the school.Parents who are involved as stakeholders create feelings of ownership of the school’s programs and activities.Having the opportunity to give valuable input will impact all children.
16 Decision Making - Sample Activities Encourage parents to attend school improvement team meetings and give inputDevelop the Family Involvement District Policy with direct input and discussion with parentsDevelop the School’s Policy/Plan and Compact with direct input from the parentsSupport parents in their roles and responsibilities as they give input on various school based committees such as SACParents have the opportunity to learn and discuss topics as they are involved in school trainings and Parent Universities
17 Collaborating with Community Page 66 - 176 Ways to Involve Parents Communities have a significant role to play in the education, development, and well being of studentsIdentify and integrate community resources that support school programs and student achievementEncourage and support networking between schools, community groups, organizations, agencies and parents
18 Collaborating with Community- Sample Activities Provides information and recommendations about services available for families in the communityEncourage local civic and service groups to become involved in schools in a variety of ways including mentoring students, volunteering, speaking to classes, and helping with fundraising eventsEncouraging the support of local businesses, mentors and volunteers to enhance student work skillsOpening of school buildings for use of the community beyond regular school hours
19 Measurement of Effectiveness of Family Involvement Family Involvement needs to be measured on an ongoing basis to show the effectiveness of family involvement practices, strategies, trainings, events, and activities through evaluationsSamples of evaluations are: surveys, pre and post tests, needs assessments, discussion group notes, SAC minutes, Family Involvement Surveys and parent-teacher conferencesParents and school staff should discuss the evaluation results and look at the data to determine if the family involvement opportunities are effectiveThe evaluation process increases the effectiveness of family involvement as it addresses the needs of the school in a continuous manner
20 Title I Annual Meeting Requirement Preferably held at the beginning of the school year to explain:The Title I ProgramHow Title I students will be assessedHow parents will be kept informedParental involvement opportunitiesRequired documentation of the meeting includes: sign-in sheets, agendas and meeting minutes which must be kept for audit purposes
21 Parental Involvement Policies Each school must write a District Family Involvement Policy and School Policy/Plan with parent inputDistrict Family Involvement Policy must be addressed every two yearsMust have an annual review of School Policy/Plan with parent input
22 School- Parent Compact Each school must have a written school-parent compactCompact must have parent inputCompact must be distributed to all parentsCompact must be discussed with parents and a signed document must be collectedCompact must be updated annually
23 Questions, Suggestions, Comments Margaret ShandorfFederal and State ProgramsPhone (PX) 43843