Parent Involvement Matters

What does the research say about parental involvement? How can you get parents on your side? Check out this post for ideas you might try this year.

High parent engagement can be nothing but positive, and Henderson and Berla (1994) reviewed and analyzed eighty-five studies that documented the comprehensive benefits of parent involvement in children's education. Here are the benefits they listed for the children, parents, teachers, and the school.  

How Parental Involvement Helps Our kids

There are many benefits to our kids when parents are involved.  What are the gains? Well,  for the kids we usually see achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents' education level. The kids also tend to achieve better grades, test scores, and attendance

How about the daily routine? Well, that's a plus too. Children are more consistent with completing their homework. If they've practiced, they do better on retaining concepts and perform better on assessments.

Children also have emotional gains. They have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school which is awesome!

Finally, kids have more positive attitude about school often results in improved behavior in school. Cutting down on behavior resolution means increased time on task and that everyone wins.

The Pros for Parents

The children are not the only winners with parental involvement. Parents also gain much from knowing what's happening at school. First, with an increase in interaction and discussion with their children and teachers, they are  more responsive and sensitive to their children's social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs. 

Discussions help parents have a better understanding of the teacher's job and school curriculum too. This means that the teacher really must have communication skills that help parents. Newsletters, notes, and phone calls make a huge difference.

When parents are aware of what their children are learning, they are more likely to help when they are requested by teachers to become more involved in their children's learning activities at home. Teachers need to keep this in mind.  We need to think about how ALL parents can contribute and VALUE each way they help us.

Parents' perceptions of the school are improved and there are stronger ties and commitment to the school. When parents feel they are welcome, appreciated, are valuable to the program, and are helping their child, they are much more motivated to come in.

What's in it for Teachers?

Guess what? Teachers win too. When schools have a high percentage of involved parents in and out of schools, teachers and principals are more likely to experience higher morale, and teachers and principals often earn greater respect for their profession from the parents. 

Remember that your community is listening, and  consistent parent involvement leads to improved communication and relations between parents, teachers, and administrators. That gets out, and that's a great thing.

Finally, one of the biggest benefits for parental involvement is that teachers and principals acquire a better understanding of families' cultures and diversity, and they form deeper respect for parents' abilities and time. ALL families are important, and it's more important than ever that our ELL and low SES families feel valued, wanted in the school setting, and that their children are valuable. They will help us if they KNOW we love their kids. If we all work together, we love our jobs, volunteer work, and more.

How Parental Involvement Helps Schools

Each key player in the parental involvement partnership benefits, but guess what? The school benefits too. Schools that actively involve parents and the community tend to establish better reputations in the community. We know how important PR is, right?
Schools also experience better community support. Our community is listening, and we want positive points being shared. School programs that encourage and involve parents usually do better and have higher quality programs than programs that do not involve parents.

What does the research say about parental involvement? How can you get parents on your side? Check out this post for ideas you might try this year.
So what can we do to get parents on our side? To help my readers keep a printable list, I put together this poster.  You will need to print it on legal sized paper, and you might even laminate and post it outside your classroom door for parents to read.  It may give them an idea of how they might jump into your classroom routine.


Do you have favorite ways to get your parents involved?  I can't wait to read them.  Please link up with your own blog post below.  If you don't have a blog, please share your thoughts in the comments and visit the other blogs for additional ideas.  Have a great weekend, readers, and until next time happy reading.
What does the research say about parental involvement? How can you get parents on your side? Check out this post for ideas you might try this year.

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  1. Pinning this - great ideas for parental involvement! :) ERin

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  2. Although our material is all studio recorded, all the voices featured are those of my own students, and, surprise-- their parents! I invite dads to come play guitar-- the sax player on our "Monkey" song is a devoted dad, we have moms and dads sing along with our background pop choir whenever possible. For school concerts and talent shows: Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunt Loretta haha- we invite everybody to our party.

    Both my sons attended a school full of highly involved parents. Not helicopter parents-- just parents who stayed in tune and involved with the school. It made ALL the difference. You are so right. This is a lovely blog!

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    1. I emailed you, but just wanted to thank you on my blog for this very sweet comment and wonderful suggestions. What a fun way to involve the extended family members. :-) The aunt Lorettas are probably amazing singers. :-)
      Carla

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