Posted by: degarcia | March 24, 2009

Teachers Involving Parents

“When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.”

— Conclusion of a recent report from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

Decades of research show that when parents are involved students have:

·      Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates

·      Better school attendance

·      Increased motivation, better self-esteem

·      Lower rates of suspension

·      Decreased use of drugs and alcohol

·      Fewer instances of violent behavior

What can teachers do to get parents involved?

One of the top reasons parents and other adults 
say they aren’t involved with the group is because, “nobody asked me.”

Don’t assume that parents know that you want their help.

Ideas for Parent Involvement in and out of the Classroom:

·      Set up a class website containing learning schedules and activities, examples of student work, links to educational websites, and homework assignments.

·      Send home weekly/monthly newsletters and post them on the class website.

·      Know the parents jobs/careers, and invite them to come as guest speakers.

·      Know the parents’ talents and invite them to share those talents with the class.

·      Ask parents to help plan and carry out parties.

o   Pie (3.14) Day

o   100th Day of School

o   Holidays—integrating core content

·      Invite parents to volunteer to work one-on-one with students

·      Give students “Ask me!” stickers to wear home to encourage discussion between them and their parents about what they learned at school.

·      Ask parents to sign weekly homework accountability sheets and a slip saying they received the weekly/monthly newsletter.

·      Emphasize why parental involvement is important for the success of the program, and for the benefit of the child. Show gratitude and give praise for the help they have given.

·      Call and remind parents of upcoming events and activities. Encourage them to attend if they can. If they can see directly how much the group is helping their child, they may be more willing to get involved.

·      Create “homework” projects that require the child and parent to work on something together.

·      Involve parents in as much of the planning and doing as possible.

o   Get their input. People who feel they have input in the program are much more likely to support it.

o   Hand out a survey asking for their opinions on certain issues, such as what they believe is important for a child’s development, ideas for activities, activities that they would be willing to be involved with.


Positive parent attitudes about math:

If you want to view 8 steps teachers can use to encourage parental involvement go to the following website:

Ways teachers can encourage and track parent involvement:

Major factors of parent involvement; Epstein’s Framework of Six Types of Involvement:




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