Those devoted to education – and those who keep up with the education blogosphere – know that the two most important factors in determining student success are teacher quality and parent/family support. As this post’s title reminds us all, Parent Involvement Matters.
And those who are long-term readers of this site know how I feel about the role of non-educators in the education debate.
Most parents aren’t certified educators and most don’t even work in the public sector, let alone schools. But too often schools forget a few things about parents:
1. They are veterans of childhood and schooling;
2. They can contribute intellectual and experiential diversity to advance public schools;
3. They oversee the day-to-day operations of developing their own children into adults.
In short, they’ve done it, they’ve got a lot to offer and they’ve got a horse in the race.
Unfortunately, the root of most school-community problems is poor communication with parents. Schools simply have to do a better job communicating with parents, engaging them in the decision-making processes of districts and providing forums in which parents and community members can discuss school-related issues.
I was pleased to be introduced to ParentInvolvementMatters.org, a newly-released website that is committed to:
Recognizing the strong link between meaningful family involvement and children’s success in school and in life, we are advocates for building collaborative parent-school communities that promote networking, communication, and problem-solving.
They’ve collected some excellent Parent Involvement Resources ranging from materials to facilitate parent communication in your district to research on the role of parent involvement in education.
And if you’d like to advance Parent Involvement in Schools, they invite you to:
- Submit a professional article or research that contributes to the understanding of parent involvement and its impact on student success.
- Share a success story from your local school community that shows how parents and schools are working together to develop skills that support children’s success in school and life.
- List your professional services in our free online Consultant Directory so we can connect you with parents and schools who are looking for your expertise.
Browse their website at www.parentinvolvementmatters.org, sign up for their mailing list and stay tuned – they’re continuing to grow and they’re improving communication between districts and communities.
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