Parent Involvement and Parent Education
How to get Parents Involved
Clardina Jones-Hopes & Wanda Brown
Galena Park Independent School District
When schools, families, and community groups work together to support
learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and
like school more.” Students with involved parents are more likely to
Earn higher grades and test scores
Be promoted, pass their and earn credits
Attend school regularly
Graduate and go on to college
Most educators agree that parental involvement is a key ingredient in how
well a student learns. The most effective forms of parent involvement
are those which engage parents in working directly with their children
on learning activities In the home.
Parent Involvement Programs
•Health & Nutrition
Parent Involvement Programs
Check out the websites your kids visit, talk to your child about the risks and benefits of
disclosing certain information and ask questions.
In 2008, U.S. fire departments responded to 386,500 home fires. Eighty-three percent of
all fire deaths resulted from home fires.
Talk to your kids about gang activity in the area and make sure they know how to stay
safe and avoid friends that may be involved
Health and Nutrition
Your doctor has recommended that you change your eating habits to help you reach a
healthy weight or prevent extra weight gain while you grow.
Railroad track safety
Please help your family members and friends make safe decisions around tracks and
Continuing education after high school is much more important for today’s students than
it was for their parents. Most good jobs today require more than a high school diploma.
Employers want to hire people who know how to think critically and solve problems.
How to Make Parents Feel Welcome
Parent room so they can meet with other
Use customer service when dealing with
Parent Education Programs
• Accelerated Reader Program (AR)
• Math and Science Night
• Dads & Donuts and Moms & Muffins
• Career Awareness Fair
• Escape Parenting Program
Parent Education Programs
Accelerated Reader Programs (AR)
The Accelerated Reader Program is designed for students in grades second through fifth. The
purpose of the program is to promote literacy for the students in Galena Park I.S.D. The
students read books on their reading levels, take tests on the computer and earn points to get
rewards. Each student is given a goal at the beginning of the program and an Accelerated
Reader Chart to keep record of the readings levels and points. As an incentive, students
receive prizes throughout the program and special awards presented.
Math and Science Night
The purpose of Math and Science Night is for families to explore daily practical and real
world math and science activities with their children. Parent can work and interact with their
children in order to help them with any math and science difficulties. All activities start at
6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. in order to accommodate parents’ schedules. Parents are not
restricted from bringing their younger children to any program or planned activities at the
Dads & Donuts and Moms & Muffins Reading Programs
Dads & Donuts and Moms and Muffins are Reading Programs for students in pre-kindergarten
through fifth. The purpose of these programs is to promote literacy for students in
Galena Park I.S.D. The programs also promote positive parent and student relationships. The
students invite their parents to eat breakfast with them on designated days based on the grade
level. Each student brings their favorite book to share with their parents during breakfast.
Parent Education Programs cont.
Career Awareness Fair
The purpose of Career Awareness Fair is to familiarize students with The World of Work and be able
to recognize different occupations and their appropriate attire. Parents are invited as presenters. The
numbers of parents that are invited is based on the number of classes on each grade level. The parents
are presented a framed certificate and a breakfast in their honor for their service.
Escape Parenting Program
The workshop focuses on equipping parents with skills for reducing and/or eliminating the chances
of child abuse and neglect within the homes and family relationships. Parents in the seven session
program will be taught topics on Discipline Without Punishment, Family Safety, Family Dreams and
more details on Family Problem Solving (conducting family meeting) and Appropriate
Communication. Also, participants in the full program with pre/post evaluated individually and as a
class on the AAPI-2 evaluation tool, which measures parental attitudes on five constructs; age
appropriate expectations, use of corporal punishment, parent role reversal, power and independence
and empathy levels are measured. This information will be shared at the completion of the program.
Ways To Communicate With
Send out Flyers
Announce all events on the phone tree
Monthly calendars and Newsletters
Schedule events to fit parents schedule
Encourage students to invite their parents to
participate in school activities
Provide refreshments for all events
Be niece, courteous and meet the needs of all
Provide incentives to classes that bring the most
Family Involvement and student Achievement
Both parents high involvement
51 Only father high involvement
60 48 Only mother high involvement
Both parents low involvement
Gets Mostly A´¨s Suspended /Expeled Repeated a Grade
Percent of Parents Participating in two or More Scool-Related
Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Research has repeatedly shown that children succeed academically, socially and emotionally if their parents are involved in
their education and their school activities. They also become more well-rounded and balanced individuals.
Ninety-seven percent (97%) of students who get mostly A’s and B’s in their classes are encouraged by their parents to do well
In contrast, only seventy-seven (77%) of students who get grades lower than “C” say that their parents offer them this sort of
Parents can support their children’s education by attending school functions, parent meetings and teacher conferences.
Research also shows when you have family involvement, students and schools benefit. The students benefit by achieving
higher grade, better attendance, homework completion, more positive attitudes, higher graduation rate and greater enrollment in
college. Schools benefit by Improved teacher morale, higher ratings of teachers by parents, more support from families and
better reputations in the community.
Parental Involvement decreases in the Middle and High Schools. Parents are more active and involved on the Elementary level.
Ways to improve Family Involvement in Education are:
•Overcome time and resource constraints
•Provide information and training to parents and staff.
•Restructure schools to support family involvement
•Bridge school-family differences
•Tap external supports for partnerships