Parental Involvement Checklist 

4. Learning at home

Goal: Provide information and ideas to families about how to help students at home with homework and other curricular-related activities, decisions, and planning

 

Sample Best Practices

  • Information for families on skills required for students in all subjects at each grade.

  • Information on homework policies and how to monitor, and discuss schoolwork at home.

  • Information on how to assist students to improve skills on various class and school assignments.

  • Regular schedule of homework that requires students to discuss and interact with families on what they are learning in class (e.g., TIPS).

  • Calendars with activities for parents and students at home.

  • Family math, science, and reading, activities at school.

  • Goal setting for students with families each year, and for future plans for college or work. Increased ability in two-way communications for family views of children's programs and progress.

 

Challenges

  • Design and organize a regular schedule of interactive homework (e.g., weekly or bimonthly) that gives students responsibility for discussing important things they are learning, and helps families stay aware of the content of their children's class work.

  • Coordinate family linked homework activities, if students have several teachers.

  • Involve families with their children in all important curricular related decisions.

 

Results

For Students

  • Gain skills, abilities, and test scores linked to homework and class work.

  • Homework completion.

  • Positive attitudes toward schoolwork.

  • View of parent as more similar to teacher, and home more similar to school.

  • Self concept of ability as learner. Awareness of own role in sharing schoolwork at home, and of links of learning to real life situations.

 

For Parents

  • Know how to support, encourage, and help student at home each year.

  • Discussions of school, class work, and homework.

  • Understanding of instructional program each year, and what child is learning in each subject.

  • Appreciation of teaching skills. Awareness of child as learner.

 

For Teachers

  • Better design of homework assignments.

  • Respect of family time.

  • Recognition of equal helpfulness of single parent, working mom, and less formally educated families to motivate and reinforce student learning.

  • Satisfaction with family involvement and support.

 

Prepare your child for school and lifelong success

Learning styles and study needs are personal and different for each individual child. Take note of your child's study preferences: where they prefer to work, acceptable noise levels, break times, and lighting. It is important to encourage consistency with the developed preferences, so talk with your child's teacher about how you can both support and encourage your child's achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Best Practices

  • Active PTA/PTO or other parent organizations, school advisory councils, or committees (e.g., curriculum, safety, personnel, and other committees) for parent leadership and participation.

  • Independent advocacy groups to lobby and work for school reform and improvements.

  • District level councils and committees for family and community involvement.

  • Information on school or local elections for school representatives.

  • Networks to link all families with parent representatives.

 

Challenges

  • Include parent leaders from all of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other groups in the school.

  • Offering training to enable leaders to serve as representatives of other parents, with input from and return of information to all parents.

  • Include students (along with parents) in decision making groups.

 

Results

For Students

  • Awareness of representation of parents in school decisions.

  • Understanding that students' rights are protected.

  • Specific benefits linked to policies enacted by parent organizations and experienced by students.

 

For Parents

  • Input into policies that affect child's education.

  • Feeling of ownership of school.

  • All-family awareness of parents' voices in school decisions.

  • Shared experiences and connections with other families.

  • Awareness of school, district, and state policies.

 

For Teachers

  • Awareness of parent perspectives in policy development and decisions.

  • View of equal status of family representatives on committees and in leadership roles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Best Practices

  • Information for students and families on community health, cultural, recreational, social support, and other programs or services.

  • Information on community activities that link to learning skills and talents, including summer programs for students.

  • Planned service integration of school in partnership with businesses, civic, counseling, cultural, health, recreation, and other agencies and organizations.

  • Service to the community by students, families, and schools (e.g., recycling, art, music, drama, and other activities for seniors or others, etc.) Alumni to link to school programs for students.

 

Challenges

  • Solve turf problems of responsibilities, funds, staff, and locations for collaborative activities.

  • Inform families of community programs for students, such as mentoring, tutoring, business partnerships, and other programs.

  • Assure equity of opportunities for students and families to participate in community programs or to obtain services.

  • Match community contributions with school goals; integrate child and family services with education.

 

Results For Students

Increased skills and talents through enriched curricular and curricular experiences. Awareness of careers, and options for future education and work. Pride in community, and in own service to the community. Specific benefits linked to programs, services, resources, and opportunities that connect students with the community.

 

For Parents

Knowledge and use of local resources by family and child to increase skills and talents, or obtain needed services. Family pride in and contributions to community. Interactions with other families in community activities. Awareness of school's role in the community, and community support and contributions to the school.

 

For Teachers

Awareness of community resources to enrich curriculum and instruction. Openness to and skill in using mentors, business partners, community volunteers, and others to assist students and teaching practice. Knowledgeable, helpful referrals of children and families to needed services. Pride and participation in community.

5. Decision Making

Goal: Include parents in school decisions, developing parent leaders and representatives.

6. Collaborating with the Community

 

Goal: Identify and integrate resources and services from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning and development.

 
 
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