Encouraging Community Involvement
The Ohio Department of Education has compiled a list of best practices, organized under six categories. They are based on the State Board of Education's Parent and Family Involvement Policy, the National PTA's National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and Joyce L. Epstein's Framework of Six Types of (Parent) Involvement.
This resource from the New Hampshire Department of Education looks at family and community involvement, answering questions such as ...
- Why should I care?
- What are some best practices?
- Where can I find information, resources & tools?
One of the easiest ways to encourage parental involvement is to make that information easy to find on your school or district web site. The Madison School District in Phoenix, AZ has a page under Parents: Get Involved listing a number of steps and where to find additional information.
Check out your school's web site. Is it easy for parents to volunteer or learn how to get involved in your school?
Business-school partnerships are not just for cities. Thinking "outside the box", Pender High School in Burgaw, NC partnered with a local farmer to create popcorn.
Agricultural students learned about growing and processing 700 pounds of popcorn, art students designed a logo and the business class created a local distribution plan.
This brochure from the Mississippi Department of Education provides a wide range of ideas for community, business and parental involvement. It includes a road map of grade appropriate ideas or involvement.