Lyn Hilt has written a summary of yesterday’s online discussion at Connected Principals on engaging parents as partners.
Here’s an excerpt:
Parent involvement vs. engagement was a common theme throughout the session. We may have compliant students in our classrooms, but this does not necessarily mean they are engaged learners. Similarly, we have many parents who are involved in our schools in that they do what we want them to do, but we must get them to the point where they’re engaged and have a voice in what we’re doing on a day-to-day basis. Patrick Larkin addressed how we can continue to develop connections with parents and use social media to develop those connections. One of his important points was that we can’t just involve “the chosen few” in our schools, we have to have all parents involved.