Creating Sensitive Environments for Parent Involvement Meetings
Journal on School Educational Technology Volume 1, Number 2, ISSN 0973-2217
The most important step to parent involvement is helping parents to value education. Successful parent involvement often hinges on employing a wide variety of presentation methods to meet parents' needs. Foremost, parents must learn to become effective collaborators with the school. When the focus is on the value of education, a plethora of topics can be discussed in formal and informal settings. These topics can range from goal setting for students to school accountability. Strategies educators use to instill an appreciation for the value of education in parents must be as diverse as the instructional methods employed by teachers to meet the varied learning styles of the students in their classrooms. Chart A shows strategies schools can use to encourage parents to feel comfortable in school environments. Chart B defines activities that help connect schools and parents as partners. When parents represent various cultural groups, schools must be particularly attentive to meeting their needs. Chart C provides recommendations to assist schools in recognizing cultural differences. Chart D describes activities that will facilitate parent/school relationships, because school personnel understand parents as consumers. Chart E describes strategies for enhancing parent loyalty.
Warner, L. & Barrera, J. (2005). Creating Sensitive Environments for Parent Involvement Meetings. Journal on School Educational Technology, 1(2), 14-18.