Redefining Parent Involvement Parents Making a Difference in

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Redefining Parent Involvement Parents Making a Difference in

    Additional Resources

    Parent Involvement in Schools

    A CYFERnet Telephone Training

1) Redefining Parent Involvement: Parents Making a Difference in their Children’s Lives – A

    live interactive computer-based telephone conference (December 11, 2001)

    Electronic Handout (includes description of the telephone conference and resources)


    - led by Karen DeBord (NC), Wally Goddard (AK), Millie Ferrer (FL)

    - For County/Community CSREES personnel, especially those working with CYFAR,

    State Strengthening and/or New Community projects

    2) Parent Involvement and Early Literacy by Quiyun Lin, Mount Aloysius College, October 2003


     “This research presents preliminary evidence that parents' involvement at school,

    particularly among children from socially or economically disadvantaged families, may

    be related to their higher literacy skills at the end of the kindergarten year. The study

    suggests that educators work with parents to organize opportunities for their involvement

    in school. In this process, educators are wise to understand parents' needs and views of

    education, and to reflect on their own motivation and desired outcomes for home-school

    initiatives. “

    3) A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement



    According to this review of recent research published by the Southwest

    Educational Development Laboratory (2002), students with involved parents, no matter

    what their income or background, are more likely to:

    ; Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs

    ; Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits

    ; Attend school regularly

    ; Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school

    ; Graduate and go on to post-secondary education

    Furthermore, studies show that families of all income and education levels, and

    from all ethnic and cultural groups, are engaged in supporting their children's learning at

    home. White, middle-class families, however, tend to be more involved at school, and to

    be better informed about how to help their children. Supporting more involvement at

    school from all families may be an important strategy for addressing the achievement gap.

4) The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center Parent Involvement Survey


    A self-report measure for parents which asks parents to respond to items about the

    offering of information and programming in schools, the parents involvement in those

    programs offered, and the parents perceptions of communication with school personnel.

    Parents also respond to items about volunteering in schools, the parents perceived ability

    to impact decisions made in the school and the parents perceptions of community

    involvement in the school.

    5) Parent Involvement in Homework by Joan M. T. Walker, Kathleen V. Hoover-Dempsey, Darlene R. Whetsel, and Christa L. Green


    This paper discusses ways school personnel can get parents involved in helping their

    children with homework. Information learned from a research review conducted in 2001

    and lessons learned since that time highlight the need for school personnel to motivate

    parents to become involved in helping.

6) National PTA website at

7) Building Trust with Schools and Diverse Families

8) Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory

9) A forest Metaphor for school-family-community partnerships

10) Evaluation Exchange Issue 28 parent involvement (2004/2005)

11) Website for the Parent Leadership Exchange

12) Ideas for Teachers on How to Use Family Involvement Storybooks

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