A 15 minute video on the Teaching Channel focuses on parent involvement in the public schools in Southern California; this school system believes that a partnership between parents and schools is essential for student academic success. According to Maynard Keynes, a person who provided feedback on the video "I am exceptionally impressed with this initiative…Parental involvement and accountability are key to a successful educational system."
A video from the Teaching Channel shows a teacher having a conference with a parent; the two discuss ways of improving the students; the video expresses and shows why it's important for parent to attend parent conferences. The teacher says that some of the parents are having the same problems at home that the teacher is experiencing in the classroom.
How can parent involvement have a positive impact on students? For example, "better school attendance to improved grades and higher motivation to succeed scholastically, involving parents in classroom activities benefits kids from toddlers to teens." As a matter of fact, parents can volunteer by reading in the classroom to younger students.
A study of parent involvement in different school districts; the focus of this article is to find better ways of getting parents involved. In fact, "schools with large at-risk populations, we found, have parents who display a broad spectrum of involvement: parents who are committed to their children but do not participate, those who participate but are not necessarily supportive, and parents who neither support nor participate in their child's education."
Different ways of promoting parent involvement. In fact, this article states that "research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say, however, that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children's schools. Teachers often feel under attack by parents who are highly involved."