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 IV59 Traditional and Non-traditional Parent Participation38Parents 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 PARTICIPATIONAssists families with parenting andchildrearing skills and with creatinghome conditions to support learning.Communicates with families aboutschool programs and student progresswith two-way communications.Includes recruiting efforts to involvefamilies as volunteers and audiences.Involves families with their children inlearning activities at home, includinghomework and other curriculum-linkedactivities.Includes families as participants inschool decisions, governance, andadvocacy through councils andorganizations.Collaborates and coordinates with thework and community-based agencies,colleges and other groups to strengthenschool programs.
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