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					Action Research in Support of
     Parent Involvement
        April 20, 2007
    Presenters: Audrey Dunnell,
    Kathy Hermann, and Kazue
            Watlington
       Action Research
      Where do we begin?
• Research Log/Journal

• “A teacher-researcher may not start out
  with a hypothesis to test but a
  ‘wondering’ to pursue.”
(Glenda Bissex in Seeing for Ourselves:
  Case Study Research by Teachers of
  Writing.)
 Teacher Researchers Often
           Ask:
• What happens when………?

• How do………..?

• What is……….?
         What do Teacher
         Researchers Do?
• Develop research questions based on their
  curiosity about teaching and learning.
• Examine their underlying assumptions.
• Systematically collect data.
• Share and discuss their data
• Analyze and interpret their data
• Share their findings
    Data Collection Possibilities
•   Journal/Research Log
•   Student Talk and Comments
•   Products and Portfolios
•   Interviews, Surveys
•   Classroom Records
•   Field Notes
•   Memories and Reflections
             Data Analysis
•   Looking at all the data--again and again
•   Categorizing and finding patterns
•   Paying attention to what doesn’t fit
•   Getting insight from the research group
•   Writing to learn
•   Triangulation
 What are some of the effects
    of action research?
• Increased sharing and collaboration
• Increased dialogue about student
  learning
• Enhanced communication
• Improved student performance
• Revision of practices based on new
  knowledge
• Development of school priorities
  Some Tips for Teachers to
Increase Family Engagement
• Have students and parents develop a study
  plan
• Send glad notes home
• Get information to parents in their home
  language
• Have students write a Parent Newsletter
• Call or email parents about big assignments
          Tips for Teachers
            Continued…
• Develop a parent phone tree
• Arrange for a home visit
• Invite parents to help by chaperoning, making
  a bulletin board, or sharing their expertise
  with the class
• Extend personal invitations to school events
• Have students interview their families as part
  of a research project.
         Tips for Teachers
           Continued….
• Have students write a photo essay
  about their families
• Ask students to work with their families
  to discover their ecological footprint
  here compared with in their home
  country
• Ask students to find out how their
  parents use math in their daily lives
   Family Engagement Policy
• The school will foster high standards for all
  students.
• The school will create a welcoming
  atmosphere for families.
• The school will respect cultural differences.
• The school will seek family input.
• The school will maintain a Parent Resource
  Center.
  Family Engagement Policy
        Continued…..
• The school will offer flexible scheduling
  of parent meetings, classes, and school
  functions.
• The school will provide translations of
  important information.
• The school will work with liaisons,
  translators, and interpreters to foster
  good communication with parents.
  Family Engagement Policy
       Continued……
• The school will inform parents or
  guardians about the individual
  achievement levels of their students and
  will work together with them to support
  the academic success of their students.
       Presenters’ Contact
           Information
• Kathy.hermann@fcps.edu
• Audrey.dunnell@fcps.edu
• Kazue.watlington@fcps.edu

				
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