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Parent Engagement

24 Feb

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Families should be partners in a child’s education. I have been thinking a great deal about this recently when attending our parent nights. A paper from  Johns Hopkins University cites Six Types of Involvement: Keys To Successful Partnerships(Epstein, et. al. 2009. School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition) backs this up. Family nights could include BBQ, curriculum nights, family movie night, sports night, school carnivals, literacy night, and themed nights. Too often, schools host family nights with the intent of raising money. The primary goal of a family night should be building relationships.

“When parents, teachers, students, and others view one another as partners in education, a caring community forms around students and begins its work (Epstein, 2011, p. 91).

ERO asks these key questions in there challenge to schools.

Evaluative questions

  • How well does the school gather and use information about the needs, wishes and aspirations of parents, whānau and the wider community?
  • How effectively does the school inform parents about their children and communicate information about the school?
  • How well does the school engage parents and whānau in the life of the school?
  • How well does the school engage with and make use of community resources, agencies and other educational institutions?

 

 

What are you doing in your schools that is Gold?

 

 

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Parental Engagement

8 Jul

In “Visible Learning”, John Hattie says that the inability of parents to ‘speak the language of learning’ can be a major barrier to student achievement.

If we are adopting new ways of learning and teaching, then perhaps we need new ways of engaging parents. If we were to develop some universal protocols then my top five would be :

  • engagement with parents from the beginning. I found sending a letter or a phone call can make a huge difference.
  • regular community forums and walk-throughs (parents need to see learning in action) – what about the use of blogs as a way of educating and engaging  parents in the conversation. Our own Open Day this year was an example of this success.
  • involve students in giving feedback to their parents on their learning. Student voice is always a valuable tool.
  • demonstrating the difference new approaches to learning are making
  • finding ways of celebrating good learning and teaching
  • ensuring an outlet for parent feedback

Learning in today’s world is a journey, not a destination. As we build on what we know works and respond to teacher ingenuity and innovations from their own learning we need to ensure that the whole school community is on the same journey.

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