Before we can increase Parental involvement and engagement in the Middle Schools, we must first seek to understand and analyze why the parents are participating. How are we reaching out the parents? Are we setting multiple meeting times to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to participate? Are we making the parents feel welcome? Many parents will not participate if they don't feel that their involvement will be welcomed and appreciated so we have to revise the initial game plan.
Middle school is such a volatile time in the child's development. There are self-identity issues students are working through and the teachers in conjunction are also working through these issues. This makes parental engagement tantamount for this age group. What I love about this article is that it presents teachers and administrators with various ways to encourage parents to get involved as it looks quite different that parental involvement in the Elementary school.
This article brings out many valid ideas and thoughts that should be consider in communicating with parents of middle school-aged children. As it stated, some parents would love to participate but the hours of engagement fall within a time they have to work or they are available to participate but don't know what is needed. Having this high level vision of what parents are thinking can allow school systems to be more effective in recruiting parental involvement.
I have always been a visual learning and pictures really bring it together for me the majority of the time. This image is no different. When I was teaching in the middle and high schools, parents expected the teachers to "fix" their children and make them learn. Essentially we were expected to crack the children's heads open and pour the knowledge in. This image clearly depicts that Parental involvement is a necessary part of the equation for student success.
So, you are interested in increasing parental involvement in your school. Now what? This video is jam-packed with helpful information of how to make parental engagement a priority for the school systems as well as how to help the parents to buy in to the necessity of their active involvement.