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he Parental Involvement Pledge is a learning compact, providing an opportunity for parents to formalize their commitment to working with their child’s school through a written agreement, which they can complete and take to their parent leader, school secretary, parent-teacher conference, or principal. The Pledge is based on the Six Types of Parental Involvement developed by Dr. Joyce Epstein. The Pledge also includes a survey of parent volunteer interests which identifies areas in which parents can volunteer in school, outside the classroom, and at home. Use the Pledge to celebrate National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week!
The Parental Involvement Pledge is the primary tool in the Parental Involvement Toolbox. The Toolbox is the point of enrollment that schools take to become involved in Project Appleseed. The Toolbox is designed for educators and parent leaders who strive to increase and mobilize family engagement to improve student outcomes. Schools organize parent responsibility with an effective model that is research based, meets district and state mandates, Title I and best practices.
The Parental Involvement Toolbox contains these two primary family engagement tools:
5. Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health - This document was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The strategies and actions recommended in this publication are based on a synthesis of parent engagement and involvement research and guidance from the fields of education, health, psychology, and sociology. Materials in the review include peer-reviewed journal articles, books, reports from government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, and Web sites. Information from these sources was summarized to identify parent engagement practices in school that demonstrated an impact on students’ academic and health behaviors.