The importance of parent involvement… And a giveaway!
By Alex on November 14th, 2011
Every Monday until December 5th, we’ll be posting our thoughts on one of the five key areas Scholastic’s new “Family and Community Engagement” (FACE) team is focusing on to help raise reading achievement: early literacy, family involvement, access to books, expanded learning, and mentoring. And each week we’re giving away books and resources to one winner’s school or charity of choice. Stop by each Monday to enter!
In the education world it’s hard to miss the chatter about “parent involvement.” According to teacher survey data released by Scholastic, 98 percent of teachers said greater “family involvement and support” would have a strong impact on academic achievement. More teachers said they believed in the importance of family involvement than any other factor asked about in the survey.
What specifically are teachers looking for? Teachers say it’s important to make education a priority in the home. “One thing that would help my student’s achievement is getting the child’s parents to fully encourage and promote education” one teacher wrote.
One of our Family and Community Engagement experts here at Scholastic offers these tips for parents:
●Have books at home accessible for children.
●Read to (or) with your children.
●Talk to your child, oral language is key—ask your children about their day, what did they learn?
●Communicate with your child’s teachers, introduce yourself to them/set up a meeting.
●Show your child you value reading and the importance of a good education.
We thought you should meet David Banks, a friend of Scholastic, President and CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation and a strong believer in the importance of parent involvement. David shares his thoughts on parent involvement—more specifically getting ‘father-figures’ off the sidelines and becoming mentors:
What are your ideas on how families can become more involved with a child’s education?
GIVEAWAY: Tell us your ideas on how families can become more involved with a child’s education by 11:59 PM (ET) on Sunday, November 20, 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 25-30 packs of Family Engagement Kits for your whole class. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries. Read the official rules here (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)