Those of us in the K-12 education arena puzzle over parent involvement a lot. Our new report helps education leaders, reformers and policymakers take a step back, examine what parents themselves have to say about the issue, and determine how education leaders can best tailor their approaches to meet the concerns and capacities of parents.
Parents have different definitions
of parent involvement, different concerns
when it comes to improving education for their children, and different interests
regarding the types of school improvement activities they'd be comfortable doing. The report categorizes these differences into three distinct groups of parents
. The Potential Transformers
are comfortable shaping education policy. School Helpers
prefer more traditional activities. And Help Seekers
need support to improve their involvement at home.
School leaders should focus on parents' distinct priorities, concerns and strengths if they want to engage more parents in school improvement.
To help them do so, we provide a series of practical recommendations, based on the research and our deep expertise in stakeholder engagement in K-12 education.
Help education leaders improve parental involvement and engage more parents in school improvement by getting the word out about this resource.
You can download a PDF of the report
from our website, share the charts and graphs
from the report, and join the conversation on Twitter with the hastag #ReadyWillingAble
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