Elephant in the Room. The Skills Gap – According to employers and collage faculty, high school graduates do not have the skills they need to succeed:
Results, October 2001. National Staff Development Council
Illinois Transition Planning Institute
March 22, 2013
Is to facilitate partnerships, equipping parents and educators to be equal partners in the success of each child.
Parent involvement has been linked to indicators of students achievement:
Percent of youth who had IEPs, are no longer in secondary school and who have been competitively employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both, within one year of leaving high school (SPP Indicator 14).
Student motivational, cognitive, social, and behavioral attributes are subject to direct parent and teacher influence:
For improved outcomes for all kids!
Hoover-Dempsey, and Sandler - suggests that parents’ involvement is motivated by two parental belief systems:
Hoover-Dempsey, and Sandler – Although strong role construction and efficacy may precipitate involvement, invitations to involvement from members of the school community also serve as an important motivator of involvement because they suggest to the parent that participation in the child’s learning is welcome, valuable, andexpected.
In summary, parents are more likely to become involved if they:
Whose children may benefit most from increased, or increasingly effective, involvement?
With your table buddies, identify a challenge that you face in engaging families in their child’s education.
At the signal, go ’round the room and write a solution to the next challenge.
When you return to your challenge,select one solution that may work in your district/school.
Choose one person report out to the group.
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