Parents are most likely to become involved when:

They understand they should be involved – Parents should be involved in four key ways: as teachers, as supporters, as advocates and as decision-makers

They feel capable of making a contribution – Regardless of income, education level, or cultural background, all families can and do, contribute to their children’s academic success.

They feel welcomed by the school and their children – The more the relationship between school and family approaches a partnership, the higher the student achievement.

“The New Generation of Evidence”
Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla

 

Does your state have an NCLB waiver? If so, who is minding the "parent involvement store"?

Proof of Parent Power

Great examples of how parents can make a difference in a school, and an entire district

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    Watch this wonderful example of school officials welcoming families to a new school year in Henderson, Kentucky and a great message from our Executive Director, Stu Silberman afterward.

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    The Food 4 Thought project focuses on enhancing learning in the core content areas. At Hayes, trend test data showed a significant gap between  students receiving free or reduced price lunch and the African American students as compared to ALL students. There had been an effort to focus in these areas in the past with little improvement. The idea was to strengthen  math skills through meal planning and preparation (multiplying recipe quantities, purchasing food, etc.) and provide nutritional information. The idea was to help students with areas of math where they tend to struggle, while teaching them how to shop for and prepare healthy, cost-effective meals and the importance of healthy eating habits. Studies indicate eating healthy meals can improve learning. Sessions allowed the students hands-on time in the kitchen at school and provided healthy recipes along with the ingredients students took home over the course of the program. Sessions were held after school every other week for 6 weeks. Parents and siblings were invited to attend the finale session in which they helped to prepare an entire meal shared by the whole group in the classroom. Part of the program  involved teaching both the student and the parent how to shop for nutritious food within a budget. The ‘take-home’ foods and recipes helped the students to eat healthy while spreading that learning to the parents and other family members. This program offered “real world, real life” experiences and activities with which to enhance their in-school studies and curriculum. Also, it provided the Life Skills/Consumer Science program with material for the program review.

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    The Academy of Information Technology at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Kentucky, began as a project of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL).  It is a great example of how parents can make a difference in a school, and even throughout an entire school district.