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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 ...

Venturing Beyond the Bake Sale
Venturing Beyond the Bake Sale

Parents must be involved beyond the traditional roles of “room mother” and fundraising chairperson. In order to feel valued and involved, parents or caregivers must be participants in the making and implementation of school policy. Parents who are included in policy making remain involved throughout the policy implementation and evaluation processes. In a 2014 article titled “Barriers and Facilitators to School-Based Parent Involvement for Parents of Urban Public Middle School Students,” Murray and colleagues wrote:

Joyce Epstein identified six forms of parent involvement: (a) establishing home environments that support learning, (b) facilitating effective communication between school and home, (c) helping the school and supporting students, (d) learning at home, (e) participating in school decision-making processes, and ...

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