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Proactively Develop Parental Involvement for Students’ Growth and Achievement Years of research and practice show that connecting with families positively impacts student achievement. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is packed with realistic and ready-to-use ideas to help teachers and administrators actively engage parents as educational partners. This new edition includes current research on the impact of parent involvement in the school community, offers numerous new strategies, and provides expanded coverage of ways to build bridges between schools and diverse families, including:  • Innovative ways to sustain ongoing communication with families  • Ideas for welcoming parents as vital members of the school community  • Strategies for including parents in school governance  • Techniques for developing parent volunteer programs, and more Start today to strengthen your classroom and school by working ...

Sustaining the Involvement
Sustaining the Involvement

Michelle LaRocque, Ira Kleiman, and Sharon M. Darling (2011) stated,

The role of parent is all-encompassing to include the role of educator. Typically parents and caregivers are a child’s first and most interested teachers. This role does not cease to exist when the child enters school; in fact families play a critical role in the education of their children. (p. 115)

Difficulties related to parental involvement (such as declining numbers of parent volunteers, frustration with roles, unresolved conflicts, and dissatisfaction with the school) occur when educators do not treat families as partners. Because some teachers and administrators do not want parents to interfere in what they see as the professional’s domain, parents are often kept at arm’s length.

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