This book shows you how to positively involve parents to raise student achievement. It offers 10 steps for designing a comprehensive parent involvement program to increase communication between students, parents, and schools. The authors offer practical strategies and activities for involving all parents, monitoring under-involved parents, balancing over-involved parents, and assisting parents in urgent situations.
1 1 Who Makes the Dare? The Myths and Realities of Today's Parents
2 The Roles of Parents, Educators, and Students
3 Developing a Culture of Participation: Strategies for Involving All Parents
4 What Can We Do about Parents Who Are Invisible? Strategies for Monitoring Underinvolved Parents
5 When Parents Try to Run the School: Program Activities for Balancing Overinvolved Parents.
6 Special Challenges: Assisting Parents and Students in Urgent Situations
Appendix A: A Plan for Involving Parents
Appendix B: Parent Participation Opportunities
Appendix C: Guidelines for Volunteers: Families and Schools Together: Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Kentucky
Appendix D: Parental Party Pledge
Appendix E: Jefferson County Public Schools, Westport Middle School Needs Survey
Appendix F: 20 Ways to Improve Your Young Adolescent's Self-Esteem
Appendix G: 20 Ways Working Parents Can Volunteer
Appendix H: 15 Ways To Help Your Young Adolescents Succeed in School