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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.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Vicki Moore
Date Added:
10/17/2019
Community Action
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Community Action
Article by Andrew Bauld

School Leadership student Lorena Martinez sees community and family engagement as the key to students' success.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Vicki Moore
Date Added:
12/20/2018
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!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
03/13/2019
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
K-12 Resources for Engaging Parents and Families
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Boost your family engagement program with articles, videos, and ready-made presentations.

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Homework & Learning with Tech
Online Privacy & Safety
Social Media & Devices
Cyberbullying
Media Balance & Well Being

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
02/11/2020
Lesson Plan for all ages - Computational Thinking - Learn Like a Computer
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"Want to help kids understand the magic of machine learning? In this lesson students will learn how machine learning algorithms work, and their uses in day-to-day life!"

A simple introduction to learning like a computer - no devices required.

The lesson is divided into:
Prep Work
Lesson
Assessment
Extensions
Curricular Connections
References

Subject:
Math
Coding
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Canada Learning Code
Author:
Bilal Qadar
Canada Learning Code
Date Added:
10/28/2019
Parent & Community Engagement
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Parents matter in education. They matter as vital partners who contribute much to the work of our educators, schools, and communities. They matter as parent leaders, parent mentors, and models of commitment to excellent in education, and they matter everyday as they influence and support their children’s academic
achievement. (From the included document)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Ontario Ministry of Education
Date Added:
12/20/2018
Parent Engagement Information and Tools Moving Beyond Parent Involvement to Parent Engagement
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Top Five Reasons to Engage Parents
1. Decades of research show when parents are involved students have:
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance
- Increased motivation, better self-esteem
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
- Fewer instances of violent behavior
National Parent Teacher Association

2. Family participation in education is twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors. Walberg (1984) in his review of 29 studies of school–parent programs.

3. School Benefits:
- Improves teacher morale
- Higher ratings of teachers by parents
- More support from families
- Higher student achievement
- Better reputations in the community
A New Generation of Evidence: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement, edited by Anne T. Henderson and Nancy Berla, Center for Law and Education, Washington, D.C., 1994 (third printing, 1996)

4. Parent involvement leads to feelings of ownership, resulting in increased support of schools. Davies, Don. (1988). Low Income Parents and the Schools: A Research Report and a Plan for Action. Equity and Choice 4,3 (Spring): 51-57. EJ 374 512.

5. Parents express a genuine and deep-seated desire to help their children succeed academically, regardless of differences in socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and cultural background. Mapp (1999)

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Michigan Dept. of Education
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
Parent Friendly Schools— Starting the Conversation - 5 Tools for Schools
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Who should use this document?
Schools interested in improving student achievement.

What is the purpose of this document?
To help you understand if you are moving toward best practice in parent engagement.
Specifically this tool is designed to help your school begin a conversation about
environment and how welcome people feel in your building. This initial conversation will
start you on your way to continued conversations about honoring and connecting with
parents in ways which support student achievement.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Primary Source
Author:
Iowa Parent Information Resource Center
Date Added:
12/20/2018
Parent Involvement: Nine Truths You Must Know Now
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1. Parent involvement is all about the children.
2. Parent involvement boosts student achievement.
3. Communication with parents must be carefully planned and two-way.
4. It is important to treat parents as partners instead of as clients.
5. Parent trust in your school is required for student achievement.
6. Parent involvement barriers are real—and must be addressed.
7. School staff makes all the difference in parent involvement.
8. It is important to make sure you don’t have a parent involvement disconnect.
9. It is important to know why parents say they are not more involved.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Primary Source
Author:
John H. Wherry
The Parent Institute
Date Added:
12/20/2018
Play. Learn. Grow. Together! - Early Years Learning
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PreK-12 Education, Early Learning and Schools

"Play. Learn. Grow. Together!, is a way to reach out to parents of newborn and Kindergarten-aged children with tips and information on how to help them learn at home.

Play. Learn. Grow. Together! debuts with a new website, interactive social media presence and series of informational videos to get parents thinking about simple and easy ways they can interact with their young child to assist in their development and education. Additional tips and videos from our team of early learning experts will be added over time, allowing Play. Learn. Grow. Together! to evolve into a long term, reliable source of early years educational advice."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Government of Saskatchewan
Date Added:
11/29/2019