Term Parent/Family Involvement in Education
Code HL-3010.6500
Definition Programs that promote parent, family and community involvement in helping children succeed in school. Using a variety of involvement models, these programs encourage parents to support their children's schooling by working directly with their children on learning activities in the home and serving as an advocate for better education in their community. Parents are encouraged to model desirable behavior (e.g., reading for pleasure), discuss school matters at home, arrange for appropriate study space, organize and monitor their children's time, check homework on a regular basis, tutor their children at home, help older students make postsecondary plans and select courses which support these plans, advocate for their children when required, attend school functions, discuss their children's progress with teachers, join the PTA, vote in school board elections, attend school board meetings and, where possible, volunteer to help with school activities, work in the classroom and/or take an active role in governance and decision making about school programs at the community, state or national level.
Created 8/15/13
Changed 8/15/13
Use References
See Also References Compensatory Education Programs (HH-1200)
Parenting Education (PH-6100)
School System Advocacy (FT-8000)
Special Education (HH-8000)
External Classification Terms Education (AIRS ED-170)
Education (CAN ED-170)
Educational Support (NTE B90)
Student Services (NPC B07)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References “Parent Involvement in Education”, by Kathleen Cotton and Karen Reed Wikelund, School Improvement Research Series (SIRS), Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, http://www.nwrel.org/scpd/sirs/3/cu6.html

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