Putting 4 Family Engagement Core Beliefs Into Practice, #PTchat 11/21/12
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*NOTE* Below are specific ways schools can implement best practice family engagement. Core Values. Core Values from Beyond the Bakesale (Henderson & Mapp 2006).Anne Henderson's post on Beyond the Bakesale from Parent Involvement Matters - http://www.parentinvolvementmatters.org/articles/bake-sale.html
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Core Belief 1: All Parents Have Dreams for Their Children and Want the Best for ThemCore Belief 2: All Parents Have the Capacity to Support Their Children's LearningCore Belief 3: Parents and School Staff Should Be Equal PartnersCore Belief 4: The Responsibility for Building Partnerships Between School and Home Rests Primarily with School Staff, Especially School Leaders
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I think it's important to help parents understand that we, as their child's teacher, also want what is best for their child.Meet parents where they are and find out what they have time for.visit the home of 1 disengaged parent. Show them you care.
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I just had conferences this week. Too many parents feel responsible for their child's weaknesses - remind them of our partnership!Treat all children as though they are our own.We have a Parent Advisory Council that helps to make decisions and brings concerns to the table. This gives parents a true voice.Survey the families how they want to be contact, informed of school events
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Listen to parents hopes and dreams and help to be part of the process.When I start a new project,I host a webinar for my Ps to ask me ?s in regards 2 the expectations of project/how they can help.determine where staff is with FE. Ask them what they believe about FE. Support culture with PD
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rTeachers must avoid technical jargon when discussing matters with parents. Speak from the heart in real language Staff must believe there is value in being equal partners with parents. Not staff telling parents what to do. Remember that all eyes are on you when you are in the community. People still hold teachers to a high standard. It's not a bad thing to be a good role model in the community.
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By remembering that our parents living in poverty want their child to be successful as much as non-poverty familiesPromoting the efficacy of families supports capacity to support their children Ps need to be invited on a regular basis to school, not just council meetings/RCs. Have them sit in school improv. plans. Try to understand families' cultural norms - how do they read what the school and staff does? Is what we intend truly clear?
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Really get to know families in order to identify common ground and to help facilitate a positive collaboration.For those who do not live in the district they teach, stick around- check out the scene, local spots, parks, town meetings.
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Recognize that both parents and teachers want what's best for the children. Won't always agree on how to get there though. Build relationships. Create a video intro yourself, offer online conferencing via Skype, Google Hangouts invite parents in; collaborate with them on the education of their children; this is a team effort- lets be on the same team!proactive in asking Ps 2b a part of planning, timely responses to their questions/comments and sincerely take them into consid
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Parents also need to know we don't hold them responsible for their child's mistakes.It's part of learning & not a reflection of themRemember that not all parents have had a happy school history. We need to make ourselves welcoming, positive and available to parents as well as students.Accessible info for all Ps. Had a P who hadn't visited schools for 8yrs because of lang barrier. Tr reached out/arranged translator.
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Relationships that parents develop with teachers can extend from one child in the family to another. That strong sense of trust and caring can last for years.Transparent communication with parents is paramount- make them feel safe & welcomed & then build from there! Gr8 Q 2 ask P 2 promote efficacy: "What information about your child would you like to know?"
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Host a "goal/vision" meeting at the beg of the year. Take notes of Ps goals/needs. Provide/assist tools throughout the year.Offer professional development on Ps to bring them up to speed with education today and the 21st Century movement.Parents need to be invited on a regular basis to school, not just council meetings and report card night. Have them sit in school improvement plans.Train teachers with tools and strategies to better communicate with the parents. <-- www.portfoliyo.org parent-communication tool (free & non-profit)
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Encourage all members of the school to support the needs of assisting parents with having their child's goal/vision met. Lots of conversations. When I start a new project,I host a webinar for my Ps to ask me ?s in regards 2 the expectations of project/how they can help.Have parents help plan school dances, award ceremonies, grade level competitions, etc Survey the families how they want to be contacted, informed of school events.
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Invite parents to assist in creating the motto/vision/philosophy of the school. Ask for input.My son had a teacher visit him at home when he was in preK and this summer right before 8th grade. Made an impressionon him and I am sure his teachers learned a lot about our family.
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allow families to share their passions/culture/traditions/knowledgeBeing proactive in asking parents to be a part of planning, timely responses to their questions/comments and sincerely take them into consideration
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PTA/HSA also needs to be open/welcoming or else counteracts the schools efforts
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