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What is parent involvement and how does it differ from parent involvement?

What is parent involvement and how does it differ from parent involvement?

Parental involvement is the active and ongoing involvement of a parent or primary caregiver in  a child's education. Parents can demonstrate their commitment at home by:

Reading with children, 

Homework help, 

Discuss school events, 

Attended school events,

Including parent-teacher meetings  and classroom volunteers.

Although both parental involvement and  school involvement support student success, they have important differences  ’s participation is the first step towards engagement. This includes participation in school events or activities, and teachers providing learning resources and information about their students' grades. Through participation, teachers have primary responsibility for setting educational goals.

While teachers can provide advice, families and career have important information about their children that teachers may not know. Therefore, a student's learning experience is enriched when both contribute their perspectives.

With commitment, home and school come together as a team. Schools empower parents and caregivers by providing opportunities for active participation, promoting them as important voices in the school, and removing barriers to participation. Examples include encouraging families to join the Family Teachers Association or hosting virtual Family Teachers meetings for families with transportation issues.

Research has found that the earlier educators promote family involvement, the more effectively student performance can be improved.

Why Is It Important to Include Parents in School?

Benefits for Students

Children whose families are involved in their education are more likely to:

Have better grades and better test results, 

Graduates of high school and college, 

Develop self-confidence and motivation in class and have better social skills and classroom behavior.

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In one study, researchers analyzed longitudinal data on math achievement and found that effectively encouraging families to support students learning math  at home was associated with a higher percentage of students scoring at or above proficiency on standardized math achievement tests. According to researchers, students whose parents are involved in school are also less likely to suffer from low self-esteem or develop behavior problems.

And classrooms with engaged families perform better overall, meaning the benefits extend to virtually every student in a classroom.

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