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Activities to Promote Parent Involvement
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Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say, however, that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children's schools. Teachers often feel under attack by parents who are highly involved. Learn how to bridge the gap. Included: A dozen activities to promote parental involvement and ten tips for involved parents.

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Education
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Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Vicki Moore
Date Added:
10/17/2019
Character Dare for Staff - 40 Weeks of Intentional Character & Culture Building
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These challenges are designed for staff to help build solid character and culture in their schools and classrooms. What a great resource to use to start your school year off on the best foot!

You will also find 100+ Student character dares!

...and Family character dares!

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Education
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Character Strong
ChracterStrong
Date Added:
06/12/2020
Collaborating with Families
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Designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families, this Module highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities (est. completion time: 1 hour).

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Education
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Primary Source
Provider:
Vanderbilt University
Provider Set:
IRIS Center
Date Added:
09/27/2018
Common Sense Media - Digital Citizenship Curriculum & EdTech Reviews
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*Digital citizenship (balanced usage)
*EdTech rating & reviews
*Expert advice
*Family engagement resources
*Free monthly webinars

*Digital Passport & Digital Compass games for students
*Videos, toolkits, lesson plans, posters, and more!

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Subject:
Education
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Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Continuum of Learning For Parents Video & Discussion Guide
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This amazing video will clearly explain the PeBL philosophy at Sun West School Division. The who, what, when, where, why and how of PeBL are addressed and articluated clearly for the parent and community audience. Topics include the continuum of learning, transfer of responsibility, personalized learning, the three pillars of PeBL. This resource will clearly explain everything you need to know to get started embracing PeBL at home!

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Education
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
03/13/2019
Family Engagement Resources for School Use from Sun West
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The following is a collection of resources and strategies to help teachers connect with families positively and engage them in their child's learning. Use this resource to help ensure you have a family friendly school with parents involved in the school and their child's education.
Community connections are also explored.
Together the parents, teacher, student and community can work together to forge a positive and successful experience for all stakeholders involved.

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Education
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Reading
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten
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This resource, produced by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (co-authored by HFRP’s Christine Patton and M. Elena Lopez), discusses the importance of families’ support for their children’s learning and development as children transition to new environments. The resource positions the transition to kindergarten as a pivotal point for establishing the kinds of practices that can help sustain gains children have made in their early learning settings, and offers examples of successful program practices that Head Start and Early Head Start staff can use to help children and families with this transition.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Provider Set:
Harvard Family Research Project
Date Added:
11/07/2018
Family Reading Night - Facilitator's Guide
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In this facilitator’s guide, you will find:
-A comprehensive Read and Rise program overview.
-Helpful tips for planning your program.
-A list of program materials and resources.
-A step-by-step outline and talking points to help you conduct a successful program.

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English Language Arts
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Scholastic
Date Added:
02/11/2019
First-Year Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers: The Challenge of Working With Parents
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The significance of relationships between the parents and teachers of preschool and kindergarten children is well established. Teachers and schools are presumed to be responsible for lack of parent-teacher collaboration. Early childhood teacher education programs recognize this and offer support related to parents and families.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Academic Development Institute
Author:
Sehba Mahmood
Date Added:
11/07/2018
For Families: This Teachable Moment
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"Now more than ever, families need ideas and resources to help manage learning at home. So we’ve created a new resource for you to share with your students’ parents or caregivers.
This Teachable Moment, a free eBook available for download now, offers an intro to Project Based Learning and 21 easy-to-implement, “follow the recipe” PBL projects, designed for children of all ages and capabilities.
These projects can be used to keep kids learning, growing, and discovering during this summer, while giving families the space and time needed to stay productive."

Get the eBook - Download it and get 21 ready to go PBL activities!

Subject:
Education
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Adams
Buck Institute
Lenz
PBL Works
Rebecca Laird
Date Added:
06/17/2020
Fostering Parent Engagement Workshop
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Please find the required PowerPoint presentation below.  This workshop has been developed as part of the course Parents in Teaching and Learning (ECUR 823) at the University of Saskatchewan with professor Debbie Pushor.This workshop is meant to be personalized.  Select the activities you wish to discuss, and spend as much or as little time on the concepts that speak fully to your school.  As you select activities and where to put your focus think of what needs to be done as a school and as a classroom teacher before school begins, during school, and over the summer.  Pick and choose the activities that best fit your school and your school’s needs.If you have any questions, feedback, or require clarification please feel free to call or email Melissa.lander@sunwestsd.ca. 

Subject:
Education
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Activity/Lab
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Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
07/30/2020
Getting your school ready for Parent Engagement
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Next Steps
What is Parent Engagement
Why is Parent Engagement Important
Parent engagement activities

Planning Parent Engagement Toolkit (external link)

“Hospitality and invitation remain empty gestures until they are made with the genuine intention to open up the school space and agenda, to co-create it with parents and other caregivers as well as with students” - from Parent Engagement: Creating a Shared World (external PDF) by Debbie Pushor, PhD

Parent engagement increases student achievement and fosters positive learning outcomes. To increase parent engagement in your school, follow these simple steps to get started:

Assess:
Parent engagement checklist
Getting started:
How to make parent engagement “come alive”
Increasing involvement:
Barriers and strategies for success

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Halton Region
Date Added:
12/20/2018
Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners
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Table of Contents
I. Toolkit Overview Pg. 2
• Purpose of the Toolkit
• How to Use the Toolkit
II. Background Pg. 3
• What is Parent Engagement?
• Why is it important?
• What do we mean by sustainability?
• What will success look like?
III. Sustaining and Improving Parent Engagement Pg. 4-6
• How did this effort come about?
• What does experience tell us about the importance of each strategy?
IV. Achieving Success: Guide for Creating Your Own Strategies Pg. 7-17
• Creating a Parent Engagement Roadmap
• Developing a Parent Engagement Checklist/Self Assessment
• Establishing a Parent Engagement Support Network
V. Source Material & Additional Resources Pg. 18

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Primary Source
Author:
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Date Added:
12/20/2018
New Teachers: Working With Parents
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Engaging and building trust with parents and creating supportive home-to-school connections is critical to new-teacher success; find resources to get started here.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Edutopia
Date Added:
12/20/2018
Parent Engagement Series from the Ministry of Education in SK
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"This seven part video series on parent engagement, explains how important it is for educators and parents to engage well with one another to enhance educational outcomes for our young children.This video series is supported by the provincial Early Years Outcome Team and the Ministry of Education."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Government of Saskatchewan
Date Added:
10/11/2019