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 Parental Involvement

 

When parents and families get personally involved in education, their children do better in school and grow up to be more successful in life.

 

Sounds like common sense, doesn't it?

 

Yet parental involvement is one of the most overlooked aspects of American education today. The fact is, many parents don't realize how important it is to get involved in their children's learning. As one dad said when he began to read to his daughter every day and discovered that it improved her learning, "I never realized how much it would mean to her to hear me read." Other parents would like to be involved, but have trouble finding the time.

All parents and family members should try to find the time and make the effort because research shows that when families get involved, their children:

  • Get better grades and test scores. 
  • Graduate from high school at higher rates. 
  • Are more likely to go on to higher education. 
  • Are better behaved and have more positive attitudes.

Family involvement is also one of the best investments a family can make. Students who graduate from high school earn, on average, $200,000 more in their lifetimes than students who drop out. College graduates make almost $1 million more!

Most important of all, ALL parents and families can enjoy these benefits. It doesn't matter how much money you have. It doesn't matter how much formal education you've had yourself or how well you did in school. And family involvement works for children at all grade levels.
 

What is "family involvement in education"?

It's a lot of different types of activities. Some parents and families may have the time to get involved in many ways. Others may only have the time for one or two activities. But whatever your level of involvement, remember: If you get involved and stay involved, you can make a world of difference.

Family involvement in education can mean:

  • Reading a bedtime story to your preschool child. 
  • Checking homework every night. 
  • Getting involved in PTA. 
  • Discussing your children's progress with teachers. 
  • Voting in school board elections. 
  • Helping your school to set challenging academic standards. 
  • Limiting TV viewing to no more than two hours on school nights. 
  • Getting personally involved in governing your school. 
  • Becoming an advocate for better education in your community and state. 
  • Insisting on high standards of behavior for children.

Or, family involvement can be as simple as asking your children, "How was school today?" But ask every day. That will send your children the clear message that their schoolwork is important to you and you expect them to learn.

Many children and parents are yearning for this kind of togetherness these days. Among students aged 10 to 13, for example, 72 percent say they would like to talk to their parents about their homework. Forty percent of parents across the country believe they are not devoting enough time to their children's education. And teachers say that increasing parental involvement in education should be the number one priority for public education in the next few years.

(Adapted from "Get Involved! How Parents and Families Can Help Their Children Do Better in School," a brochure published by the Family Involvement Partnership for Learning. You can obtain a copy of the brochure by contacting the partnership at 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-8173. Or request a copy by email from Missouri NEA.)
 

Links for Parents

Great sites for parents, just a click away on the Internet, or download Recommended Web Sites for Parents (pdf) in a flier format.
 

ABCTeach Network
This is a site for kids, parents, student teachers and teachers. It offers more than 5,000 free printable pages. Visitors to this Web site can click on the following areas: basics, research/reports, teaching extras, portfolios, shape books, abc forums, theme units, reading comprehension, fun activities, babysitting/daycare and flashcards.

Accredited Online Colleges 
Find articles to help you prepare for the financial expenses of your child's college tuition. Get tips and hints about how to apply for financial aid, smart ways to save and finding an affordable college.  

Child Safety on the Information Highway
Information for parents on appropriate use of the Internet from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Includes guidelines for parents and "Rules for Online Safety" for students.

CollegeXpress.com
Search for colleges, scholarships, government loans and private loans. Find out what you are eligible for by searching the extensive database of over 320,000 scholarships. Making a plan for college is made easier by logging into this Web site.

Family Education Network
A for-profit membership organization that offers parents and children an array of features organized by topic and grade level.

Family Involvement for Learning 
Learn about the Family Involvement Partnership for Learning, its publications and activities.

FunBrain
This site gives parents a chance to participate in their child's education and includes "Parent Quizzes" and "Parent/Kid Challenges." Students can take quizzes on this site and then receive responses from their teachers.

LibrarySpot
This site includes libraries (libraries online, film libraries, government libraries, medical libraries, public libraries), a reference desk (acronyms, almanacs, associations, encyclopedias, grammar/style, quotations) and a reading room (books, headlines, journals, newspapers, magazines).

National Parent Information Network
This network provides information and communications capabilities to parents and those who work with them. Includes resources for parents and resources for those who work with parents.

Fifty Ways Parents Can Help Schools offers suggestions on everything from how to assist in the classroom to how to serve on a decision-making committee at your child's school.

 

Parent Link
Offers several articles and discussion about helping your kids cope with terrorism.

Parents for Public Schools
Parents for Public Schools is a national organization of community-based chapters working to strengthen public schools through broad-based enrollment. Invigorated by a diverse membership, their proactive involvement helps public schools attract all families in a community by making sure all schools effectively serve all children. The "resources" button at this site leads to topics including advocacy, business/community partners, civic engagement, educational programs and models, professional development, and educators' organizations.

 
PTA
National PTA Leader's Guide to Parent and Family Involvement explains how to get more involved at your child's school.

PTACentral
This resource provides information and insight on an array of issues facing today’s schools from school fundraising to regional Parent Teacher Association contacts to classroom initiatives.

Publications for Parents
Access a variety of publications for parents available from the U.S. Department of Education, including Helping Your Child series of brochures, ERIC parent brochures, Summer Home Learning Recipes and Preparing Your Child for College.

 

 

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