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Parental Involvement even at Prom!

  Parental Involvement Even at Prom!

    Today, I helped set up and chaperone for @LISANLR's Prom #Cityscapes2016. While this campus's high school is tiny, two classes per grade level with less than 25 in each class, the parental involvement is great. One teacher, one admin, and about ten parents were involved in planning and celebrating Prom 2016. Shocking, right? This group of parents deserves a huge shout out for their efforts to bring their students to their junior and senior year. 3 of 5 of my AP Lit parents are actively involved at school, and the Dads are also Watch D.O.G.  dads.

How do we encourage and facilitate this level of parental involvement? As a K-12 school, parents are invited to pitch in and sign up to volunteer based on their skills and desires. When the spirit of volunteerism is the expectation, it becomes part of the school culture. Impactful parental engagement in a small K-12 school is only one of many positive outcomes. Most importantly, our parents must feel welcome at each and every event.

Best Practice in schools should be research based.  The Harvard Family Research Project meta-analysis of parental involvement research by William H. Jeynes, Parental Involvement, and Student Achievement:  A Meta-Analysis, indicates that "parental involvement is associated with higher student achievement outcomes. These findings emerged consistently whether the outcome measures were grades, standardized test scores, or a variety of other measures, including teacher ratings. This trend holds not only for parental involvement overall but for most components of parental involvement that were examined in the meta-analysis. Moreover, the pattern holds not only for the overall student population but for minority students as well. For the overall population of students, on average, the achievement scores of children with highly involved parents was higher than children with less involved parents."  So, encouraging parents to remain involved is indeed supported by the research.

What does your school do to maintain parental involvement as the students grow older?

Suzanne M. Rogers, M.Ed.


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