The research on parent involvement in schools is definitive: students achieve higher grades and better test scores when their parents are involved in their schooling. In addition, student attendance is better, more homework is completed, and there are fewer placements in special education. Attitudes and behaviors are more positive, graduation rates are higher, and there is greater enrollment in post-secondary education.
Parent involvement is such a critical component to student success that administrators and teachers should strongly consider coordinating their efforts to increase parent involvement at all levels—especially when it comes to helping parents become better teachers, supporters, advocates, and decision-makers.
The Parent Involvement Facilitator provides tried-and-true ideas for involving parents at a variety of grade levels and in many subject areas. Some of the activities are linked to curricular areas, while others focus on ways to build a climate of parent involvement in the classroom.