Learn how to work more effectively with K–5 parents to increase student achievement in math and literacy. Research shows that parent involvement in schools leads to higher test scores and more engaged and enthusiastic students, but it isn’t always easy for teachers to bridge the gap between the home and the school. This insightful book provides helpful, research-based strategies to foster meaningful home–school partnerships and overcome the challenges teachers often face when trying to build relationships with parents. You’ll learn new ways to:
- Promote parent involvement at home and school;
- Share specific math and literacy strategies with parents to reinforce children’s learning;
- Plan and organize effective parent conferences that foster true dialogue about a child’s education;
- Communicate with parents about what you’re teaching and how you’re teaching it, so they can actively contribute to their child’s learning at home;
- Develop family nights and workshops to get parents involved in learning at school;
- Recommend games, activities, and projects that parents can use at home to help their children practice math and literacy skills;
- And much more!
Each chapter is full of practical tools such as Common Core-aligned strategies, useful resources for parents, and sample parent letters that you can use to increase and improve your home–school communications.
Bonus: Additional parent letters on a variety of topics are available on our website, www.routledge.com/ 9781138998698, to help you keep parents connected throughout the year.
Table of Contents
PART I. Parents and Teachers Working Together
Why Parent Involvement Matters
The Teacher’s Role in Parent Involvement
PART II Involving Parents in Their Children’s Learning
Communicating With Parents Face to Face
Other Methods of Communication
Inviting Parents into the Classroom
PART III Involving Parents in Supporting Language Arts
Supporting Parents In Read-Alouds and Other Forms of Home Reading
Building Foundational Knowledge in Literacy at Home
Fostering Reading Comprehension
Supporting Writing Development
Building Children’s Vocabulary
PART IV Involving Parents in Supporting Mathematics
Thinking and Talking about Math
Foundational Knowledge in Mathematics
Supporting Children’s Developing Number Sense in Grades 1-3
Supporting Growth of Number Sense in Grades 3-5
Supporting Understanding of Fractions
Alisa Hindin is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Seton Hall University, where she specializes in literacy instruction and development.
Mary Mueller is Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Seton Hall University, where she specializes in mathematics education.
"I see such a difference in students who have parents who are involved in their education. With the time constraints and demands educators face, books with ideas and activities are a necessity in every classroom. This book presents strategies and ideas in an easy-to-use format. This book is a great resource for educators." --Sara Cope, Principal and Former Teacher, BonDeCroft Elementary, Sparta, Tennessee
"Hindin and Mueller have written an important book about how teachers can encourage parent engagement in their child’s education. The book is friendly, inviting, and filled with practical suggestions. Involving parents is a key way that teachers can help children reach their full potential. Getting Parents on Board is a must-have for all teachers." --Lesley Mandel Morrow, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Literacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"Getting Parents on Board is a timely, practical, and important reference for teachers, administrators, and parents who are trying to build lasting parent-school relationships. This book is a must-read in a time when it is essential for schools to not only develop partnerships, but increase math and literacy achievement for every child."--Patricia A. Edwards, Professor, Michigan State University and Past President of the International Literacy Association and Literacy Research Association