Inspire parent-focused volunteer programs in your school and classroom by watching this video! Share with your school's staff and encourage parents to volunteer, for as the video shows, students are more likely to succeed academically when parents get involved in their teenager's education!
The reasons for involving parents in this Facts Page is true for all ages! Review this list to remind yourself of the importance of doing SO much more than just keeping in touch with parents about how their child is doing academically. When parents are helping directly with improving students' education, everybody wins!
What is “Parent Engagement” and why is it better than “Parent Involvement” in a student’s education? Every teacher and staff should take this question into consideration, and learn why one strategy is better than the other. This article highlights major comparisons, as well as provides two excellent schoolwide-based activities for implementing “Parent Engagement” in public education.
This 12 page packet includes very short chapters which list helpful ideas and teaching strategies to use based on themes surrounding parental involvement. Most (if not all) ideas can be adjusted for middle and high school. There's also a helpful resources page, which includes a "What Else Can You Do?" section for even more ideas. This booklet is focused on Virginia, but your specific state should have organizations (like your own state's Department of Education!!!!) that will help just as much!
Encourage your adolescent students to examine how they communicate with their parents (and vice versa) with these engaging worksheet activities! Suggest taking home to work on individually or as a team (parents and teen), even as a larger family group if there are more than one teen in the household. All activities are designed to help improve communication. A great handout for Parent-Teacher Night!
Encourage your school to integrate parental involvement by sharing this article with your school's administrative staff! Discussed within are helpful programs, teaching strategies and fantastic ideas as to how to better foster communication between parents and students. I especially like how the article recognizes the importance of "technology" and how it helps keeping parents involved; I also think "TIPS" is an awesome program which every school should give a try!
You'll find awesome ideas for keeping parents involved with this page, which provides links to activities and programs that all focus on involving parents-and whole families- in school activities, as well as how to include parents actively in your own pedagogy!
Learn new strategies (or review familiar ones) with your peers and staff by reading (and sharing!) this very comprehensive and helpful article, so that your school can make its environment "family friendly"! For instance, one of my favorite techniques from this article is including parents in "future planning" (i.e. preparing teens for graduating and getting into college).
Parental involvement is important for students of any age---and the powerful strategies and activities described within this article could be easily applied when working together with parents of adolescents. Share these ideas with your professional peers today and help keep parents connected!