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Establishing a Positive Relationship B etween Parents and Schools. Dr. Timothy Mitchell Rapid City Area Schools 12/16/11. McRel -Research 2008.
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Dr. Timothy Mitchell
Rapid City Area Schools
Astudy to get a better understanding of American Indian parent involvement and consider it as a possible solution to narrowing the achievement gap for American Indian students
Many aspects of American Indian parent involvement were largely consistent with the literature on parent involvement in the general population
The challenges of increasing American Indian parent involvement are complex, residing in the overlay and sometimes clash of cultures in the public school
This is practical and achievable:
All parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them
All parents have the capacity to support their children’s learning
Parents and School staff should be equal partners
The responsibility rests primarily with school staff, especially school leaders
1) Building Relationships
2) Linking to Learning
3) Addressing Differences
4) Supporting Advocacy
5) Sharing Power
All families and communities have something great to offer-we do what ever it takes to make every single student succeed
The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust is not only vital to our personal and interpersonal well-being; it is a key leadership competency.
All families, no matter what their income, race, education, language or culture want their children to do well in school and can make an important contribution to their children’s learning
The more parents feel that they have the power to influence their children's future positively, the better children tend to do in school
A discussion between two or more people where (1) stakes are high (2) opinions vary, (3) emotions run strong
How are they handled ?
1) We can avoid them
2) We can face them and handle them poorly
3) We can face them and handle them well
The results can have a huge impact on the quality of your success in the classroom!
Provide workable mechanisms for teachers, parents, and students to take part in decision making