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How Inclusive parent engagement works

Parental engagement has a large and positive impact on children’s learning. It is therefore a priority to identify interventions that are effective in supporting parental involvement, particularly those parents who are either not significantly involved in their children’s education or who are not involved at all.

Base on the actual literature about Inclusive Parent Engagement a good way to put into practice this methodology is to engage parents in home-works or school activities with their children.

Thanks to these activities, parents can be actively involved in the learning process of their children and learn with them. At the same time, they can become aware of all the process of learning (observing, transforming, documenting…) and see the outcomes in their kids.

As a result of this kind of activity students should be asked to bring to the class proofs of the activity shared with their family members and to take it as a chance to explain what they did.

This can be helpful to them to improve their cognitive competence and to nurture good emotions and feelings. They learn to be proud of their family and their culture of origin, positive in showing their culture to the rest of the class and feeling diversity as strength rather than a weakness.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, schools need to shift the way they partner with families to help students learn: from parent involvement to family engagement. To empower families to help schools close gaps and increase student achievement, schools need to:

  • Build trust with student’s families at every grade level, pre-kindergarten through high school
  • Connect families to information and tools that help them support their students’ learning;
  • Support educators with time and skill building to help them engage families effectively; and collaborate consistently with families and community partners to ensure every student is career and college ready.

So how is it possible to make it happen? First, at the elementary level, the classroom teacher is the main person the family interacts with at school, but as the student gets older and the school system more complex, collaboration is definitely bigger than one person.

So, the family’s interactions must be pretty much with everyone in connection with the school, from office staff to afterschool staff from bus drivers to principals, the school as a whole will need to be positive for them to truly feel welcomed. Every employee has a role in helping every family feel connected to their child’s learning no matter what building or classroom that child attends. A broad team that includes school, psychologists, social workers, counselors, families, general, and special educators and afterschool program staff will help everyone in the school take family engagement to the next level in a way that works for their community.

References:

Italian Conceptualizations of Parent Engagement in Education – Foundational Aspects of Family-School Partnership Research – Susan M. Sheridan, Elizabeth Moorman Kim – Springer, 2015