Parent Involvement in Schools
This report defines various methods and strategies for implementation of effective parental involvement in schools. Specific approaches are offered to schools to help families engage in educational activities, including how to create a welcoming environment, having an awareness of cultural considerations, and information distribution alternatives.
A parent survey was created to help guide instructional content for a parent class. Questions included information regarding parent confidence and competence in helping students learn and parent familiarity with AVID goals and practices.
This report provided quantitative and qualitative data analysis of survey results. Findings included how and when participants felt most valued by the district, how participants learn most effectively, and recommendations for future research.
Effects of Home Visits
This research examined the impact of home visits on attendance rates and literacy assessment scores for kindergarteners in one Pacific Northwest school district.
Engaging All Communities
This report addresses the common barriers (e.g., cultural differences, economic status, economically disadvantaged) typically associated with parents’ involvement in their child’s schooling and overall participation in school activities. Strategies to connect with diverse and underrepresented community members are provided. Research is derived from school districts who are represented by culturally diverse student and parent populations associated with the common barriers to school participation.
Increasing Parental Involvement in Schools for Underrepresented Populations
This report provided a review of literature which described the various ways families engage with schools, and explored how school professionals can expand their conceptualization of parental involvement to establish ongoing communication with historically hard-to-reach communities such as those who struggle to become involved in school functions.
Perceptions of Kindergarten Teachers about their Participation in Home Visits
This study investigated the perceptions for both why kindergarten teachers choose to participate in home visits and why kindergarten teachers choose not to participate in home visits, with the hopes of improving the program’s participation rates.