Engaging Parents in Meaningful Ways
A comprehensive guide to building and maintaining an active core of committed parents who support the mission and policies of the school, work closely with teachers, help constructively with homework, set learning goals for themselves as well as their children, and share their skills with other parents. The energy and positive intentions of parents hold extraordinary promise for educators. Parents possess the potential to be powerful conduits to the academic, social, and emotional growth of their children, yet are often abandoned by systems too overburdened, uninformed, or apathetic to use them well. And so they remain an untapped resource.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Parent Involvement fills the voids that keep parents from becoming motivated and involved. It tells you how to have parents turn out in numbers, and precisely how to train them and effectively utilize their skills. Includes step-by-step guidelines for forming and managing parent groups, along with activities and sample tools — letters, memos, surveys, and more. Talks directly to those involved with children, from preschool through high school: