I usually just do a year-end list on parent engagement posts and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to start publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a post appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December…
You might also be interested in a listing of all my parent engagement-related “The Best…” lists.
Here are my choices for My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2012 (So Far):
“College Bound” Videos Look Like They Could Be Useful
Molly Munger, The PTA & The Shoe Button Complex
The Nuances Of Parent Fundraising For Schools
I’m Not Convinced New Houston Parent “Super Centers” Are The Way To Go…
Does Arne Duncan Support The Parent Trigger?
Mayor Bloomberg Insults Parents — Again
PTA Wisdom Shines Through Cloud Of Privatization At Congressional Hearing Today
“Parent Handbooks” For Content Areas Are Nice, But What About “Parent Engagement Handbooks” For Teachers?
“the most effective way of helping children from low-income households to achieve their ambitions is engaging parents in their children’s learning”
What Can We Learn About Parent Engagement Today From What Happened In West Virginia 100 Years Ago?
Family Engagement Framework Released By California — Yawn….
Another Reason Why We Need To Be Careful How We Speak To Parents About Their Children
What An Awful & Misleading Video About Our Schools
Very Important & Useful International Study On Parent Involvement/Engagement
“The Difference Between Parent “Involvement” & Parent “Engagement””
My Most Popular Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months
“A Conversation About Building Trust Between Parents & Teachers”
“Ways To Build Trust Between Parents & Teachers — Part One”
Parent Trigger Proposal Defeated In Florida
What The “MetLife Survey of the American Teacher” Learned About Parent Engagement
Engaging English Language Learner Families
Words Of Wisdom That Teachers & Administrators Might Want To Keep In Mind
Parent Leadership Is Often “Missing Link” In Community Schools
“4 Reasons Parents Should Speak Heritage Languages at Home”
Very Accessible Review Of Parent Involvement Engagement Research
Even Hobbits Support Teachers Making Home Visits!
Parent-U-Turn Standards for Parents, Caregivers and Parent Leaders.
Standards for Parent Engagement, seven standards are delineated. These standards fall under three larger organizers, as shown below, and include:
The Focus of Parents Rights and Advocacy The Conditions for Parent rights and Advocacy Parent as a Advocate
Standard 1: ParentsAccess to information and Data collection:
• Access to information: The school/ district inform parents of testing results and the statistics of the area/school/subject matter.
Information of results/statistics available via handouts or on-line
The results would be printed in multiple languages
Alert system to inform parents that the information is available
Contact person that parents can ask to help them read and understand results-how readily available is this person.
Parents understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning.
• Collection and Analyzing data:
o The school welcome parents on campus for research or just to observe.
How easy or hard is it for a parent to come on campus for these purposes?
Some type of procedure should be in place and strictly abided by, by all involved as to accommodate the parent as well as not to cause too much classroom disruption.
There a person who is readily available to provide the parent support to conduct research.
Standards 2: Parents in Decision-Making Roles
Parents must be representative of school population, for example 1 parent for 3,000 students is not acceptable
Space for parents to have access to administrators.
The attitude of administration generally open to parent collaboration.
Parents treated as reflective thinkers with possible solutions.
Expanding roles of existing modes of parent representation, for example the PTA
Parents can carry out research for the school, conduct trainings for other parents or even teachers on various subjects
Step 3: Parents as Student Advocates:
Teachers are open to have parents contact/participate within their classes
The school is informing parents on how to contact people within the power map
o For example: A handout which lists, “If you have a problem with _________ then you would contact _________ at number and office.”
This can be in a handout that was sent home but is readily available at school functions, front office, and maybe even in the classroom.
Trainings provided for the parent and school personnel which include power-mapping.
Provide a list of common school-used terms complete with the definition of the term and the context it is most commonly used is readily available and sent home.
Parents collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning
Standards 4: Parent Leaders at Home and in the School-Community
Information being passed out to parents to inform them of the college process and resources available to their child and family.
A process for reserving space at the school to facilitating easy meeting space for parents and the community.
Assigned a person to be able to go to for trainings
Parents assume responsibility for professional growth, performance, and involvement as individuals and as members of a learning community
Standards 5: Parents Effective Two-Way Communication:
Efficient amount of translators readily available for all languages spoken by parents at school functions
o Handouts in multiple languages
o “Efficient” would be at least 90% of the teachers who need translators have them
For any type of communication home, teleparent or phone calls home, are the comments balanced between positive comments and things that the student needs improvement on.
Teacher respond to e-mail of phone messages within a timely manner.
Ongoing evaluation of effectiveness of the parent liaison.
Standards 6: Parent District Level Support
The district have a point-person whom the parent representative, the administrator who is the point-person at the school, and any other relevant persons could go to for support and resources. How available is this person?
o This person could even run the parent-district meetings and act like the liaison for the district.
An effect program that supports parent participation, may have minimum of 25 parent.
Standards 7: Friendly School Atmosphere
Is the school clean?
o Paint: Dingy? Peeling?
Office personnel and Teachers maintain professionalism, have an understanding of and practices good customer service.
Parents understand student learning and development, and respect the diversity of the students.