Online Resources for Parent/Family Involvement
Research has shown with certainty that the more extensive the parent involvement, the higher the student achievement (Henderson & Berla, 1994; Olmstead & Rubin, 1982). Studies on parent involvement also indicate that the most accurate predictor of a child's achievement in school is the extent to which the child's family is able to (i) create an environment that encourages learning; (ii) communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for their children's achievement and future careers; and (iii) become involved in their children's education at school and within the community.
Standards For Parent/Family Involvement
The National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs are guidelines to strengthen parent and family involvement in schools and in the community. The six National Standards are focused on issues of promoting effective communication and participation in school-home-community partnerships, and supporting parenting skills. Studies on parent involvement initiatives have identified several other issues crucial to student success. First, the more parents participate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level - in advocacy, decision-making and oversight roles, as fund-raisers and boosters, as volunteers and para-professionals, and as home teachers - the better for student achievement (Williams & Chavkin, 1989). Second, although most parents do not know how to help their children with their education, with guidance and support, they may become increasingly involved in home learning activities and find themselves with opportunities to teach, to be models for and to guide their children (Roberts, 1992). Finally, parents who are aware of diversity issues and knowledgeable about school social environments can contribute greatly to their children's social and academic growth (Griffith, 1997).
The Internet is becoming rapidly a primary source from which families can gain access to an excellent array of home learning materials. The information available on the web spans a wide range of topics: safe use of the Internet; homework help, parent-children activities, and research findings or publications on parent and family involvement.
Reprinted with the permission of the Education Resources Information Center.
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