Parental Engagement

 

"One of the best-kept secrets...is that families are educators' most powerful ally." - Theodora Ooms

Most parents want to help classroom teachers achieve their goals.   If parents are aware of the grade level and content area academic benchmarks, they have a place to start the conversation with the teacher about how they can help at home.  Face to face parent teacher conferences and online communications can help manage the day to day and week to week expectations.  This section includes information for parents and teachers to help develop and promote a successful relationship that will contribute to the overall learning experience for each student.  

 

Parental Engagement: Communication with Parents Speaking a Language Other than English

In today's day and age, there are many resources readily available to teachers which aide in the teaching and communication of Engish Language Learners.  These resources give teachers the tools nessecary to create a healthy relationship with the students, and to promote academic achievement.  But, what about communication with parents/gaurdians?  Communication is key when creating trusting and open relationships with parents.  How can teachers build an open line of communication with parents if language is a barrier?  Here are some helpful strategies, tips and resources to help teachers communicate with parents and families who speak a language other than english.

 

Parental Engagement for Families

There are literally millions of kids going through our educational system  right now here in America.  Their education, growth, learning, and socialization are of the utmost importance.  But teachers can't do it all on their own.  They need YOU--the parents, the relatives, the caregivers, and the loved ones. It's no easy task to step up to the plate for your child, but they deserve it.  And you need to know you're not alone in this cause.  There is a multitude of resources out there for you to get your hands on.  There is help and guidance for anyone wishing to benefit their child.  Hopefully right now you are saying "That's me, where do I sign up?"  So here's some help to start.                                                                                                                  

 

 Parental Engagement for Teachers

Here are some easy Starting Points for teachers to increase their skill and awareness in the area of Parental Engagement in students' educations.

 

Parental Engagement in Early Childhood Education

"Education is most effective when parents and schools work together"

- School Success: An Introduction Parent Further- a Search Institute resource for families

 

Parental Engagment with Medication

 

Parental communication with teachers and managing expectations

Advances in technology have made it both easier and harder to communicate effectively with parents and teachers. In a busy world it seems that the easiest thing to do is for a teacher to send an email to a parent and expect that all information would be understood. All too often the exact opposite happens, where information and situations get twisted, and there is a break in the line of communication. Sometimes this happens on the parents end and other times, on the teachers end. How ever the breakdown in communication happens, we need tools to successfully combat and manage these expectations.

 

The Extended Family: Grandparents as Caregivers

This page includes information regarding families with grandparents as the primary caregivers, such as unique challenges, family demographics, and educational practices to act as resources for anyone involved

 

School Interaction with Absentee Parents and Parents on Assistance

This page includes information about how schools interact with absentee parents, tips on how to get parents involved, statistics of children with parents on assistance, and related links.

 

National Services

This page includes information about different services that families can access in their own communities all over the United States. This contribution to the Performance Pyramid was made by Samantha Schroeder and Michaela Luttman in Fall, 2015. 

 

Ohio Services

This page includes information about different services that families can access in their own communities all over the state of Ohio. This contribution to the Performance Pyramid was made by Samantha Schroeder and Michaela Luttman in Fall, 2015. 

 

Impact of latchkey condition on children and parental engagement 

This page includes information about different services that families can access in their own communities all over the state of Ohio. This page elaborates on what latchkey children are, and how schools and parents can make a difference in latchkey children. It introduces the audience to the concept and provide with useful pages that can benefit parents, educators, and also students. This contribution to the Performance Pyramid was made by Dubin Park and Lu Zhang in Spring, 2016. 

 

Parental Engagement in Low SES Districts

“I really believe that you are the child’s teacher at home, and we happen to be their teacher in school, but we have similar goals in teaching your children to be good adults and capable people.” (Hong, 2011, pp. 120).

 

This page includes a short introduction of successful practices to increase parental engagement in lower SES districts.