Family Involvement Strategy Plan
FamilyInvolvement Strategy Plan
FamilyInvolvement Strategy Plan
Consistentevident, show that positive and concerned families, greatly influencetheir child’s performance and success in school, and all otherstages throughout their life. Practitioners need to be aware of, andrealize that parents/guardians have rights and errands and areessential resource in the childcare setting. This will help themdevelop a good partnership with the parents. In fact, parents are theprimary educators to their children, thus the partnership should behighly recognized by the educators. Parents offer practicalmotivation towards the realization of the student’s dream andself-concept. Motivation is also the primary source of achievement,attendance, and changes of behaviors that children present in school.For students with special needs, parents and family attachment andparticipation in learning has been the single most importantdeterminant of achievement. It is therefore with this regard, thatparent’s involvement in the learning process for their children inschool is so important than any other parties involved, besidespractitioners. This paper will discuss the different aspects ofcontinued parental involvement in the learning process of theirchildren. It will also highlight on different activities thatpractitioners can do to promote parental involvement, will providetips for parental involvement promotion, and some methods ofevaluating the effectiveness of the involvement.
Methodsto Identify Needs and Goals
Teacherscan use some methods in order to identify the goals and needs ofparents and their children. Some of these methods are such as urgingparents to be their children’s advocates and ask repeatedly to knowwhat areas his/her child require guidance. This way, the parent islikely to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his/her child inorder to guide him safely. Another proactive method is establishing aschool-wide behavior support system with elements such as rules andteaching appropriate behavior, intervention plans, and positivereinforcement for behavior as well as teaching social skills willhelp parents identify their needs and goals. In addition,practitioners can teach parents on developing resiliency skills andconsistency so that parents can be very consistent and stubborn asfar as their goals and needs are concerned. This can developsupportive relationship with each other. Further, assisting indevelopment of protocol skills and develop administrative policiesand procedures for dealing with behavioral concerns can be veryhelpful in identifying their needs and goals in order to find a wayof achieving them (National Parent Teacher Association, 2001).
Methodsto Promote Parental Involvement
Inorder for parents to get involved, they must feel like they are partof the team. This should be the biggest challenge that schools andpractitioners should face before the stone starts rolling. The schoolmanagement should start by asking parents, guardians and other familymembers to start getting involved with their children’s educationsystem. They can do this by getting involved in some things such asaccompanying the class of their child while on a field trip, helpingin computer, or science lab experiments. They can also help intutoring their children and helping finish their homework,volunteering in fundraisers, as well as share their history, workexperiences and other stories that can help the child in his/herfield of study (National Parent Teacher Association, 2001).
Schoolsand practitioners should also consider improving communication withthe parents in order to foster swift and effective communication.They can achieve this by returning emails and phone calls quickly,training the parents on how they can help their children withschoolwork, encourage active discussion about school progress andstandardized test scores when they meet, as well as schedule eventsand activities at flexible time intervals for working parents whomight be busy working. Thirdly, creating a warm welcoming atmospherefor parents can improve participation greatly. They will need to knowwhere to go and where to begin, in order for them to feel like theyare part of the team. Fourth, practitioners and schools should sendthe list of requirements and opportunities to the parents. This willgive parents opportunities to identify which talent and outreach planactivities parents can offer in order to help the school achieve itsobjective (National Parent Teacher Association, 2001).
Last,but not least, practitioners should avoid pre-judging the parent’sability to offer anything worthy from the appearance of that parent.They should also not limit the parent’s involvement in any of theevents and/or activities with their children in school. Keepreminding the parents and not assuming that they are inclined to knowwhat is going on in the education industry with their child. Usingthe suggested methods above, parents are likely to feel part of thewhole system of education with their children, and will surely getinvolved with the activities and events (National Parent TeacherAssociation, 2001).
TipsParents Can Use to Promote Social and Educational Development ofTheir Child
Parentscan also apply the following tips in order to promote social andeducational development for their child. These tips are essential forthe child’s learning process and towards attendance, andachievement of their goal. According to the National Parent TeacherAssociation, (2001).
arentsshould use the following tips in order to promote social andeducational development of their child:
Let children know that they regard their education as the most one of the most important for their future
Create time for helping do homework and other school work, even when the child does not have any
Ensure that the child completes homework every day. The parent can also find out if there is any “homework hotline” in the internet, where students can call to ask for help in case they need assistance
Develop a good communication habit with the teachers and letting the teachers know that you wish them to contact you immediately the child needs something.
Know the friends that your child hangs out with, and their families
Limit the amount of time your child spends watching T.V and playing computer games
Train your child to use problem-solving skills when in difficult situations, whether they are at home, or in school
Seek help when your child is struggling about something
Talk to your child about school achievements and possible problems every day.
Monitor the attendance of the child in school to ensure that you are aware of the number of days your child is absent from school
Help your child explore career options at his disposal in relation to his field of study
Identify the post-secondary goals and objectives for your child so that it becomes easy to guide him towards realizing the goals.
In case a child’s personality fall out with that of the teacher, it is the duty of the parent to meet with the teacher to discuss the way out and solve the problems that might have occurred
Contact the school guidance and counseling department in case you doubt your child has a problem with drug abuse
Consider alternative school setting suppose you or your child believe that the goals and objectives might be hard to realize in the present setting
Encourage your child to search for extracurricular activities that would be of interest to the child and helpful.
Methodsfor Evaluating Strategy Effectiveness and the Criteria Used ToIdentify the Effectiveness Level
Thereare many essential methods of evaluation, one would use indetermining the effectiveness of a program in the education sector.For this program, portfolio assessment would be the best to producethe best result that would explain the effectiveness of continuedparental involvement in the educations system with their children. Inthis method, the parent and teacher will compile the student’sperformance over time. Achievements could be in class work,extracurricular activities and any other activities performed by thechild. Using the compiled report would be easy to determine if thechild is improving or not when the parent gets involved more in thechild’s education (National Parent Teacher Association, 2001).
Finally,suppose there be a breakdown in communication with the parents,guidance and counseling would be very essential for guiding the childinto repairing the broken communication with the parent. The childwill be required to use problem-solving skills in order to solve andmake right the situation with his/her parent. Lastly, another methodthat could be essential in case of a communication breakdown is useof dialogue to deal with the situation, bring the two partiestogether, and reason together. This will help them deal with thesituation try to come up with a possible solution (National ParentTeacher Association, 2001).
NationalParent Teacher Association (2001). National standards forparent/family involvement programs. Chicago, Illinois: Author.