When I talke to districts about ways to impact student growth I always stress the importance of getting parents involved in the process. As someone who had parental support throughout my educational career and a former teacher, I have seen and felt the benefits from both sides. I often speak to a fact released by the U.S. Department of Ed a few years ago. I summarize their point by saying, “at age 14, only 55% of parents are involved in their kids education and that that number continues to decline throughout highschool”. Apparently this statistic was optomistic at best!
Matthew Lynch recently published a fantastic article, “Increasing Parental Engagement Takes More Than Email”, that supports my theory, and the theory of most educators I am sure, with statisitcs from recent study by Gallop. This study states that 80% of parents are either indifferent or disengaged from their kid’s school. This is a staggering number and makes my 55% statistic, one that I speak at in a negative light because it is disappointing, sound glorious.
We need to turn this 80% statistic on it’s head and provide opportunities for parents to be involved. He then offers a new app to help engage more parents. Read it to learn more! If you are looking for other models for this you have to check out the Go Public initiative in San Antonio or some of the actions taken by Lancaster ISD in Texas. These are just examples of programs that have had enormous success in getting parents involved in the learning process and I am sure there are TONS of other schools with the same.
Let’s use this as a forum to share how our schools engage parents so that we can all work to tip the scales!