Back-to-School!

A 10% increase in parental participation (a form of social capital) would increase academic achievement far more than a 10% increase in school spending. This is not an argument against school budget increases, but an argument for paying attention to social capital (Putnam, Sanders 2001). Research repeatedly correlates family engagement with student achievement, yet this strategy is rarely activated as an integral part of school reform efforts (Weiss et al, 2010).  Our program can increase family engagement by considering these steps.

There are roughly 150 plus days and about 26 weeks, between Project Appleseed's National Parental Involvement Day in November and Public School Volunteer Week in April, each school year. Each day, each week, represents an opportunity to engage parents. 

Your back-to-school letter is a wonderful opportunity to make a great first impression, start off on the right foot and make sure that teachers, parents and the administration are all on the same page. It’s also a rare chance to get your vision and mission for your school down on paper and on the record. So, what should you say and how should you say it?

Even the best teachers are sometimes faced with volatile, overwhelming, or overbearing parents – it simply comes with the job. But while dealing with irate or angry parents can’t be avoided, instructors can learn helpful strategies for communicating and cooperating with difficult parents and ultimately, improve the learning experience for the student in question.

Project Appleseed's 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. Use the Pledge to celebrate Project Appleseed's National Parental Involvement Day and Public School Volunteer Week!

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Strong families, strong schools is a slide show presentation that explains our theory of parent engagement. We answer the question "what is parent or family engagement?" "How do we engage more families"? Use it for group discussion today!