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Title: Federal and State Programs Focus on Family Involvement Effective Ways to Involve Parents

Federal and State ProgramsFocus on Family
InvolvementEffective Ways to Involve Parents
  • Presented by Margaret Shandorf

Research shows
  • No matter the socioeconomic status, when parents
    are involved students are more likely to
  • Earn better grades
  • Obtain better test scores
  • Pass courses
  • Be promoted to the next grade
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills
  • Adapt to change
  • Graduate

Not only are the students impacted
  • Parents become empowered
  • Teacher morale is improved
  • Student performance increases
  • The community is strengthened

Common Forms of Parental Involvement
  • School volunteers
  • Members of school and district councils
  • Communication between teachers - parents
  • Participation at events, trainings and
  • Parent- teacher conferences
  • Support from the community
  • Strategies that assist student learning at home
  • Effective homework practices

Change Needs to Happen
  • If a school operates under archaic belief
    systems in its approaches to family involvement,
    we will never raise the bar.

Six Types of Parental Involvement Based on the
Work of Joyce Epstein
  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Learning at Home
  • Volunteering
  • Decision Making
  • Collaborating with Community

Parenting Page 8 - 176
Ways to Involve Parents
  • Schools help families and caregivers understand
    the growth and development of their children
  • Parenting and child rearing skills
  • Understanding child and adolescent development
  • Establishing age and grade appropriate home
    conditions that support children as students
  • Families provide information to schools so
    educators and administrators can better
    understand families backgrounds, cultures, and
    goals for their students

Parenting - Sample Activities
  • Host family learning workshops on topics
    suggested by parents, held at times and places
    easily accessible to all parents and providing
  • Provide families with information on child
  • Provide families with information about
    developing home conditions that support school
  • Arrange support groups for families with special
    interests and needs
  • Provide guidance to parents with transitioning
    children from middle and high school levels

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
  • Promotes school-to-home and home-to-school
    communications about the district, school,
    classroom programs and student progress
  • Communicating shows
  • Cooperation between school and home.
  • Students that their parents and teachers are
    working together to help them succeed.

Communicating - Sample Activities
  • Schedule parent-teacher conferences to establish
    student learning goals for the year
  • Send home positive messages about students
  • Make home visits
  • Involve families in student award and recognition
  • Encourage and make provisions for staff members
    to communicate with parents about their
    childrens progress
  • several times each semester

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 responsibility
  • Families can enhance the impact of learning at
    home through their involvement with
  • Information and ideas about the academic work
    their children do in class
  • Coordinating what is happening in the classroom
    with activities at home
  • Guidance in helping children with homework
  • Ongoing communication with the teacher

Learning at Home - Sample Activities
  • Have specific goals and activities that keep
    parents informed and involved in their childrens
  • Offer learning activities and events for the
    whole family
  • Invite parents to utilize the school resource
    room and media center
  • Help parents understand student assessments and
    student performance measures
  • Involve community and business partnerships to
    provide resources and services to support student

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 children
  • Volunteers tell students, faculty and the
    community that parents care about the school and
    its students
  • Volunteering can take place in many areas of the
  • Helping in the library, computer room, family
    room, resource room or lunch room
  • Assisting with after school programs or field
  • Attending student performances, extra curricular
    activities, assemblies, celebrations and other

Volunteering - Sample Activities
  • Gather information about the level and frequency
    of family and community members participation in
    school programs
  • Offer youth service learning opportunities for
    students who want to volunteer in the community
  • Assist school staff to learn how to work with
    parent and community volunteers
  • Acknowledge volunteers on an ongoing basis by
    recognizing them as volunteer of the month and
    spotlight them in the school newsletter
  • Host a program to recognize your school volunteers

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 schools programs
    and activities.
  • Having the opportunity to give valuable input
    will impact all children.

Decision Making - Sample Activities
  • Encourage parents to attend school improvement
    team meetings and give input
  • Develop the Family Involvement District Policy
    with direct input and discussion with parents
  • Develop the Schools Policy/Plan and Compact with
    direct input from the parents
  • Support parents in their roles and
    responsibilities as they give input on various
    school based committees such as SAC
  • Parents have the opportunity to learn and discuss
    topics as they are involved in school trainings
    and Parent Universities

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
  • Identify and integrate community resources that
    support school programs and student achievement
  • Encourage and support networking between schools,
    community groups, organizations, agencies and

Collaborating with Community- Sample Activities
  • Provides information and recommendations about
    services available for families in the community
  • Encourage 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
  • Encouraging the support of local businesses,
    mentors and volunteers to enhance student work
  • Opening of school buildings for use of the
    community beyond regular school hours

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 evaluations
  • Samples of evaluations are surveys, pre and post
    tests, needs assessments, discussion group notes,
    SAC minutes, Family Involvement Surveys and
    parent-teacher conferences
  • Parents and school staff should discuss the
    evaluation results and look at the data to
    determine if the family involvement opportunities
    are effective
  • The evaluation process increases the
    effectiveness of family involvement as it
    addresses the needs of the school in a continuous

Title I Annual Meeting Requirement
  • Preferably held at the beginning of the school
    year to explain
  • The Title I Program
  • How Title I students will be assessed
  • How parents will be kept informed
  • Parental involvement opportunities
  • Required documentation of the meeting includes
    sign-in sheets, agendas and meeting minutes which
    must be kept for audit purposes

Parental Involvement Policies
  • Each school must write a District Family
    Involvement Policy and School Policy/Plan with
    parent input
  • District Family Involvement Policy must be
    addressed every two years
  • Must have an annual review of School Policy/Plan
    with parent input

School- Parent Compact
  • Each school must have a written school-parent
  • Compact must have parent input
  • Compact must be distributed to all parents
  • Compact must be discussed with parents and a
    signed document must be collected
  • Compact must be updated annually

Questions, Suggestions,
  • Margaret Shandorf
  • Federal and State Programs
  • Phone 963-3843 (PX) 43843
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