Parent Involvement in School … Does It Really Make a Difference in A Child’s Education? ~Phyllis Vaughan
Parents being involved with their kids at school, does it make a difference? What do you think a child would say to this question? Put yourself in a child’s shoes, what would you say? It is vital for kids today to have support from home to be successful in school. Yes, many discussions occur about how school has changed over the last several years, but the importance of being involved with our kids has not. Being engaged with what kids are learning at school is still vital to their success. Research has proven this point according to an article published in National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools (http://www.sedl.org/connections/resources/evidence.pdf)
“Programs and interventions that engage families in supporting their children’s learning at home are linked to higher student achievement. Many studies found that students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, were more likely to;
• earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs.
• be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits.
• attend school regularly.
• have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school.
• graduate and go on to postsecondary education."
As I ponder the word involved, I wonder if parents realize how the schools are reaching out to them hoping they will become engaged. Many schools are offering numerous opportunities. Schools try to help parents feel welcome with positive people at drop off, pick up, and in the front office. Schools host Parent Mini Conferences so parents can gain knowledge of what is going on in the classroom, what expectations the state has, and strategies to help their child at home. Many schools invite parents to attend an Award Ceremony to applaud perfect attendance, A and AB honor roll. The schools request parents to participate in their child’s student support meetings, collaborating with teachers to find ways to help their child. Parents are encouraged to visit teachers here at school during their conference periods and even observe in class if they wish. Progress reports go home with students each three weeks and often weekly in some classes so parents know how their child is doing. The Principal creates and sends a weekly newsletter home with students, so parents are aware of important dates and activities. We encourage parents to spend time reading with their child. With the advances in technology, parents are able to log on through the Karnes City ISD website and see their student’s grades. School messenger is also a technological advancement that sends a phone message to parents with important reminders.
Parents, we are reaching out to you! We need you! We have all been children and we know how it feels to want help, understanding, support, and quality time/attention. It is not by chance this occurs in both the home and at school. It’s going to take us all pulling together, making education a priority, and being involved and engaged with “our” kids so they can reach their potential. “Unity is strength, where there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek
830-780-2321 (ext 515)