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Posted Nov 17, 2001 at 10:53:36 AM
Subject: Parental Involvement


Hello! I'm trying to get some ideas on how to get parents involved in the secondary educational program. I'm an eighth grade teacher in an inner city school. Please give me some ideas to help me encourage parents that they are also an important part of the educational process!

Thanks For Your Help!

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Posted:Nov 25, 2001 2:43:26 PM

Parental involvement's a challenge -- though frankly, I've heard a *lot* of parents say that by eighth grade they are almost shoved out of the way by teachers and admins who just want to deal with the student at that point. So the first place to go might be to other teachers at your school. Then I'd try to find out what the parents *are* involved in to connect with them.

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Posted:Nov 28, 2001 9:07:13 PM

I totally agree. My son is in fourth grade now and I am already getting shoved out of the way. My son is in resource room for reading. I have been always an involved parent. I am being told now that I amtoo involved I call to much and contact the teachers way too much . I could not believe it!

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Posted:Dec 05, 2001 1:36:23 PM

Your interest in getting parents involved can be a commendable one but the question becomes - what is meant by that? In my school, many teachers define parent involvement as compliance to the school's wishes - nothing more. My school really defines parent involvement as- please raise money for us, bake cupcakes for us, and make sure the kids do what we tell them to do. Don't ask questions - that puts the hair up on our back quickly - don't question or make any critical input into any aspect of school - just accept it or we label you a "bad parent".

I don't know how to increase that kind of "involvement". Parents sense that it is not real involvement and so they keep away.

If you're thinking of real involvement, I think you'd be breaking wonderful new ground and parents and grandparents alike would be happy to be involved. Do a Job Fair Day and have parents come in and give talks about their jobs. Or do a history day and have parents come in and talk about their childhoods. Or a multicultural fair.

Create a grade committee of parents and ask them for their real input on teaching practices. What do their kids say at home? What do we need to change?

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Posted:Dec 10, 2001 11:50:04 PM

Last year I attended one or two morning "coffees" for parents of children in the "Learning Center." This was one way of connecting with the school and other parents of children with special needs.
A wonderful resource we have is a list-serv made up of parents of special needs kids in our county. It's been the best network of other parents working together to advocate for our kids (includes professionals, teachers, administrators, too.) It started with a list of parents who were the Special Needs Chairs on the PTA. We've put info in our school newsletters with the list serv info.
I think the parents need to communicate. Because of confidentiality, we didn't have a means of reaching other parents of children w/special needs. With the list serv we have a great connection...parents now put their questions on the list to other parents w/similar experiences. We've just had a series of parent training seminars.

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Posted:Dec 22, 2001 10:37:12 AM

The short of it:
Psychological evaluation in first grade.

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Posted:Dec 27, 2001 9:23:01 PM

I am facing the same difficulties. I have found that positve phone calls,home visits and monthly newsletters encourage the parents of my middle school students to come and check us out for themselves.

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