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A Deeper Look at Parent Involvement and Parent Engagement Academy for Community Schools Development June 2, 2004
Introduction to Afternoon Sessions z. The case for parent involvement - Andy Hargreaves, Joyce Epstein z. Parents are Powerful z. Parent Assessment for Learning
Hargreaves - emotional distances between parents, teachers/providers z Socio-cultural - the differences between cultures z Moral - assumptions about “right” and “wrong” parenting styles z Professional - the expert mask we feel we must wear z Physical - the psychological space we require z Political - behavior that is prudent to save face
Epstein’s Six Types of Parental Involvement z Parenting z Learning at home z Communicating z Decision making z volunteering z Collaborating with the Community
Parents are Powerful z 1. Self-select into four groups - Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, or High School, to discuss working with parents. z 3. Distribute the Parents are Powerful workbooks, discussion guidelines and have each group silently read the corresponding age group section (just 4 pages) for discussion. z 4. Have each group discuss the following questions at their table:
Parents are Powerful - discussion z a. Do the parents I work with understand the developmental stages or contexts their children are in? How do I know? z b. Do they understand the things their children should be learning to do? How do I know? z c. Do they understand what they should be looking for in a good school? How do I know? z d. Do they understand what they should be asking of the teachers and the school? HDIK? z e. Do they understand what they should be discussing with their children? HDIK? z f. What strategies, interventions or programs does our site have/or need to develop to better ensure accomplishment of a-e? z g. What commitments can we make to ensure we go back and work on this after today?
Parents are powerful standards discussion z. Turn to page 22 - Higher Standards - and read pages 22 -25 silently. z. At the individual tables, discuss what your sites are/ or are not doing to empower parents to address standards and student/parent rights. z. As a whole group - share new insights, plans and commitments that have resulted from today's discussions.