We have often looked at parent involvement in a narrow view. However, through decades of research there is now more information on how important the relationship is between school and home and how this relationship affects the educational success of students. Regardless of economic, racial/ethnic, and educational backgrounds and students ages, families that are involved in their student’s learning (in and out of school time) have a huge impact with on their overall success.
Below are some main points on how family engagement impacts student success, summarized from A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement and Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships.
- Students of families that take an active interest in their learning display a more positive attitude toward school and improvement in behavior in and out of school.
- Children do better in school when their parents can play a variety of roles in their learning: helping at home, volunteering at the school, planning their children’s future, and taking part in key decisions about the school program.
- Because of family involvement, students earn better grades, enroll in higher-level programs, have higher graduation rates, and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.
- When families and staff work together to bridge the gap between home and school cultures children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better.
- Middle and high school students whose families stay involved (in and out school time) make better transitions, maintain the quality of their work, develop realistic plans for the future, and are less likely to drop out.
On June 25, 2015, the Board of Education approved, The Great Commitment, Working Together As One – For all Students. The goals and plans under the Great Commitment derived from “The Great Conversation. The Great Conversation comprised of more than 1,200 students, parents, community members, and district staff that gave voice to what we will define as important and how we will measure it when it comes to student improvement. The Great Commitment is a five year community-wide strategic plan for student progress that consists of four pillars.
Pillar #2 of the Great Commitment
Safe Climate and Strong Relationships
with Families and Community