Sarah Sparks at Education Week has published a very readable summary of new parent involvement research. Her post, Parents Need Differentiated School Engagement, Study Finds, explains that research has:
identified three main types of parents, each of which a school must address to have a successful family-involvement program:
• Help seekers: Roughly 19 percent of parents are most concerned with finding out their own children’s academic progress and learning how they can help their students improve.
• School helpers: This 27 percent of parents is the closest to the traditional picture of the “PTA mom and dad.”
• Potential transformers: Finally, 31 percent of parents said they were interested in and ready to be more involved in shaping how the schools operate.
It’s definitely worth reading her entire post.
I’m adding it to “The Best Research Available On Parent Engagement.”