Parent engagement is comprehensive in nature with the

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Parent engagement is comprehensive in nature, with the school consistently interfacing with parents at many points, in many venues, over the course of the schooling years. Parent engagement means that school personnel listen to the families who aren't engaged, assess what we really believe about parents, and celebrate all of the things families do at home for school success. Parent engagement involves personal contact, educational support at home, two- way communication between home and school, parents involved in school decision making, parents as volunteers working on student achievement, schools as parent resource sites, and schools as welcoming places. Additional Information & Resources: 1. ASCD Involvement or Engagement? (- leadership/summer11/vol68/num10/Involvement-or-Engagement%C2%A2.aspx) 2. Research Brief: Parent Engagement in Education () 3. Beyond Random Acts : Family, School, and Community Engagement as an Integral Part of Education Reform (- random-acts-family-school-and-community-engagement-as-an-integral-part- of-education-reform)
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SECTION IV 59 Traditional and Non-traditional Parent Participation 38 Parents are more involved in supporting their child’s learning at home. It is critical for school personnel to recognize the value of any and all efforts by parents to be engaged in their child’s education. 39 The following chart outlines strategies and activities that are traditionally happening in schools and homes. The non-traditional column identifies engagement practices that strengthen relationships that lead to collaboration and partnership. Examples of traditional participation could be asking for donations, fundraising activities, managing a sporting event. Examples of non-traditional participation would be recruiting parents to serve on decision-making committees, attending school board meeting and parents making presentation or participating in a committee to review changes in a specific subject’s curriculum. TRADITIONAL PARTICIPATION NON-TRADITIONAL PARTICIPATION Assists families with parenting and childrearing skills and with creating home conditions to support learning. Communicates with families about school programs and student progress with two-way communications. Includes recruiting efforts to involve families as volunteers and audiences. Involves families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other curriculum-linked activities. Includes families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through councils and organizations. Collaborates and coordinates with the work and community-based agencies, colleges and other groups to strengthen school programs.
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