Put Parent Involvement First: 10 Tips
We know every parent group, even the most successful ones, has its own challenges. We also know (from years of experience working with groups just like yours) that if you have a group of active parents willing to help, it makes even the biggest of hurdles easier.
That’s why we put together our very best, you-must-do-these list of 10 tips on how to put parent involvement first. Each one includes links on where to get more info, plus we help you dig deeper once you have a handle on all the basics. If you make involvement your top priority, every challenge your group faces this year will get a whole lot easier. Get our 10 best tips and start putting parent involvement first!
Inside the Guide on Putting Parent Involvement First:
10 ways to maximize your parent involvement efforts
Links to key resources that will help you put those steps into practice
Already mastered the basics? Keep up momentum by taking parent involvement to the next level
Why is Parent Involvement Such a Big Deal?
Two major studies by Anne Henderson in the 1990s and 2000s showed that parent involvement has a hugely positive effect on student achievement and other indicators of success. These studies were so influential that researchers today are still referencing them. More recently, a study published in 2012 by researchers at North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California, Irvine, reinforced Henderson’s earlier findings—and also found that family involvement has an even bigger effect on positive academic performance than the quality of the school building.
Positive Benefits of Parent Involvement
It’s not just the students who benefit, either; parents, teachers, and schools come out ahead.
Children with parents who are involved in their education are more likely to:
- Earn better grades.
- Score higher on tests.
- Attend school regularly.
- Have better social skills.
- Show improved behavior.
- Be more positive in their attitude toward school.
- Complete homework assignments.
- Graduate and continue their education.
Parents who are involved in their children’s education are more likely to:
- Be more confident at school.
- Be more confident in themselves as parents and in their abilities to help their children learn.
- Be held in higher esteem by teachers.
- Continue their own education.
Schools with highly involved parents are more likely to have:
- Better morale among teachers.
- Higher ratings of teachers by parents.
- More support from families.
- A better reputation in the community.
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