Parent Involvement

Experts agree that parent involvement in education is one of the biggest predictors of student success. So where can parents begin? We've compiled a list of articles, videos, and other resources to help you engage productively with your kids' teachers and school.
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Why Parent Involvement Is Essential

Opening the Lines of Communication

How Families Can Take Action

  • A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning, by Ashley Cronin, Edutopia Staff (2014)

    In this curated list, find blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.

  • A Guide to Hosting Your Own ParentCamp, by Joe Mazza (2013)

    Dr. Joe Mazza, principal and blogger, takes unconferences and edcamps to the next logical step as he provides a detailed guide to hosting your own ParentCamp.

  • Create a Good Environment for Studying at Home, by Art Markman (2012)

    Psychology professor Art Markman explains how improving a child's home study habits now can make them better learners for life.

  • Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents, by Common Sense Media (2012)

    Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have even imagined. Here's a list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smart and stay safe.

  • Understanding Assessment: Resources for Parents, by Roberta Furger and Ashley Cronin (2014)

    We've compiled a list of resources to help parents understand high-stakes testing, different forms of assessment, and school achievement data.

Learning More About Educational Topics

Ideas for Preventing Summer Slide

  • Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump, by Judy Willis (2014)

    Parents can engage their children with summer reading, and in this post, Judy Willis suggests six ways including variety, no pressure, and modeling a love for reading help.

  • Encouraging Science at Home is Easier Than You Think, by Bob Pflugfelder (2014)

    Guest blogger 'Science Bob' Pflugfelder highlights how parents can encourage their children's natural curiosity through activities like dismantling old computers, touring their home's utilities, and borrowing small wildlife creatures for temporary observation.

  • Stopping the Summer Slide in English Language Arts, by Terry Heick (2014)

    Edutopia blogger Terry Heick suggests eight ways for teachers to prevent summer learning loss in the English language arts, including library dates, digital book clubs, and student blogs about topics that matter to them.

  • Seven Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss, by Barbara Dianis (2013)

    Learning specialist Barbara Dianis offers seven suggestions for academic engagement that can help parents to prevent their children's summer learning loss.

  • How Parents Can Keep Their Children Learning All Summer Long, by Jennifer Peck (2013)

    Jennifer Peck, Co-Chair and Executive Director of California's Summer Matters Campaign, suggests finding a balance between the right program and an education-positive attitude at home to prevent summer learning loss.

How Schools Can Build Strong Family Partnerships

  • Home-to-School Connections: Resource Roundup, by Matt Davis (2014)

    This Edutopia collection provides tips for educators to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

  • 8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents, by David Cutler (2014)

    Edutopia blogger David Cutler offers eight tips for engaging with parents, from avoiding confrontation and communicating clearly, to earning their trust on back-to-school night and coaching their children's after-school activities.

  • 5 Tips for Engaging Parent Volunteers in the Classroom, by Karen Bantuveris (2013)

    Karen Bantuveris, founder and CEO of VolunteerSpot, presents the top hurdles and success strategies for engaging parent volunteers in the classroom.

  • Rethinking Difficult Parents, by Allen Mendler (2013)

    Educational consultant and author Allen Mendler looks at the ways that difficult parents can become teachers' allies rather than their adversaries.

  • Five-Minute Film Festival: Parent-Teacher Partnerships, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2013)

    Strong relationships between families and teachers are critical for successful students, but where do you begin to build them? VideoAmy offers up resources and a playlist of videos about parent engagement.

  • The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home, by Elena Aguilar (2012)

    Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.

  • Cultivating Parent Engagement

    A focus on family involvement is one reason for student success in the rigorous college-prep environment at YES Prep North Central in Houston, Texas.

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