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The Role of the K-12 Parent

How does a school move from a negative environment to one that is more positive? Anne T. Henderson suggests that a school that is fully engaged with its families is one where student achievement flourishes.
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Education Week

on 2 December 2013

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Transcript of The Role of the K-12 Parent

why Family Engagement matters
Principal picks a small group of “cooperative parents” to help out
Building Relationships
Linking to Learning
Addressing Differences
Supporting Advocacy
Sharing Power
Parents need security
clearances to come in
Curriculum and standards are too complex for parents to understand
“This neighborhood is going downhill…”
Teachers don’t feel safe with parents
Principal sets agenda for parent meetings
Building Relationships
Linking to Learning
Addressing Differences
Supporting Advocacy
Sharing Power
Better-educated parents are more involved
Workshops are offered on parenting
“Parents can bring a translator with them”
Families visit school on report card pick-up day and can see a teacher if they call first
Resource center for low-income families in portable classroom next to the school
Building Relationships
Linking to Learning
Addressing Differences
Supporting Advocacy
Sharing Power
Parent coordinator is available if families have questions or need help
Teachers are happy to explain test scores if asked
“Minority” parents have their own group
Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year
Staff work with local community organizers to improve the school and neighborhood
Building Relationships
Linking to Learning
Addressing Differences
Supporting Advocacy
Sharing Power
Home visits made to every family
Parents and teachers look at student work and test results together
Teachers incorporate books and materials about families’ cultures into the curriculum
Student-led parent-teacher conferences are held three times a year, for 30 minutes
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Anne T. Henderson
(Content Author)
Bob Dahm
(Illustrator)
http://
www.edweek.org/go/parents-commentary
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