This resource looks at parental involvement from the parents perspective. It can give you a better idea of the issues and questions parents bring to the table, and maybe some ideas on how to increase participation.
One important aspect of family involvement that has been consistently overlooked is the need to prepare teachers for intensive work with families and communities.
This study from the Department of Education investigated professional development and teacher education in the hope of providing a framework for developing more comprehensive approaches for family involvement in education
The Learning First Alliance, sponsored by almost all of the major volunteer and professional organizations in education, is dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. They share examples of success, encourage collaboration, and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.
Point your parents and students towards math challenges for the whole family at Figure This.
The site was created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Their goal is helping families enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges.
The myth of parent involvement in schools in decades past is that parents told their children to go to school and do what the teacher says and all good wishes will follow.
Today, many parents are not so compliant. They may object to policies and attempt to design the curriculum. Other parents for whom schools are unknown environments may be hesitant to become involved in their childrens' schooling.
No simple set of stereotypes can handle all the complexities, but often the students become the victims either from disinterest or misinformation. So it is important, if we are to improve the schools, that consistent training about family involvement be offered to teachers.
KidsHealth.org is very comprehensive, helpful to educators, adults and students. They have a separate section for teens that is well researched and without bias.
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Other Areas To Check Out...
• Encouraging Community Involvement
• Strong Families, Strong Schools
• Parental Support
• School Psychology
• Equity Thru Community Technology Centers And Other Models
• Interactive Sites for Parents and Kids