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The Importance of Parent Involvement

By Aliza Goldenberg

As an educator, I believe that parent involvement with your child’s education is essential for your child to do well in their studies. It is important for students to realize that both their caregiver and parents are of the same understanding when it comes to their education. Often parents do not realize how their children and teachers are working together. They may not be familiar with the educational programs that the teachers are using. I recently read an article which illustrated this point. “Most parents do not know about the educational programs in their children’s school or what teachers require of them.” *

Partnership is essential for students to gain excellence in their academic studies. Effective parent involvement comes when a true partnership exists between schools and families. Creating that partnership, especially around academics, is what works for student achievement.” *

As a parent, I have experienced this personally, my daughter was having trouble in her class. I was unaware that the teacher was not working with my child. When my daughter stopped telling me about this particular class, I sensed there was a problem. I complained to both the teacher and the principal and the issue was resolved. When parents are involved the educator will make sure to put your child first.

When I used to be a classroom teacher I would focus on the whole class and give everyone the same amount of attention. The parents who emailed me and called more often made me feel that maybe I should give that child a little extra attention. Livestrong.com defines parent involvement refers to the amount of participation a parent has when it comes to schooling and their child’s life. Some schools foster healthy parental involvement through events and volunteer opportunities, but sometimes it’s up to the parents to involve themselves with their child’s education
There is a lot of research going on of why parent involvement is so important. One piece of research I have found says family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their child’s education. Students with involved parents earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior. *

Research has proved for eight different ways that parent involvement would be beneficial for students and educators. Some of the reasons are; students will score higher on exams, earn better overall term grades, have better social skills, attend school regularly, attend Class regularly, the students will have an overall positive attitude towards school and education as a whole, complete homework assignments and continue on to a higher education. *

As a community, it is up to us to partner in the best interest of the child. We are all in the education process together to help benefit the students. Therefore, it is essential for all of education systems to work together and help the student thrive in their educational atmosphere.

Sources:
(Center for Public Education, Parent Involvement at a Glance, Page 1, August, 30, 2011).
(Center for Public Education, Parent Involvement at a Glance, Page 1, August,30,2011).
(The Enduring Importance of Parental Involvement, Page 1, November 18, 2014, Garcia & Thorton).
*PTOToday.com

Feel free to contact Aliza with any questions, comments, or concerns, at UpperClassTutoring@gmail.com

Aliza Goldenberg is the creator of Goldenberg Learning. Goldenberg Learning is an education tutoring company to help all students reach their goals. Check them out at GoldenbergLearning.com

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