Earlier this year I posted about a blog series for and by parents. I recently caught the follow-up on the project and news about a book that represented the stories and the parents who participated.
The follow-up post, 8 Ways Educators Help Parents Promote Powerful Learning, suggests four things that schools can address in support of student-directed learning and also shares how the blog series taught four lessons about parenting for powerful learning. There are some great points about student learning and support, so please check out the full post.
I especially liked the list of questions near the end to help spark conversation amongst school staff in regards to planning and thinking about parent involvement. From the post:
- How are parents involved in their child’s education? Are they coming in regularly and participating in genuine parent-teacher conversations for and with their kids that help drive and encourage student-centered learning?
- Do they understand how their children are being assessed? Can parents read and understand the reporting system and/or assessment system?
- Are parents getting phone calls from educators?
- Are parents being given the opportunity to mentor their own kids and/or other kids in the school?
- Is their genuine collaboration and communication occurring between home and school?
- What school work and/or projects might create genuine and authentic parent and student collaboration?
- What opportunities and/or ways can the school promote and invite parent participation at assemblies, at other student gatherings and at parent nights?
- How are parents invited to the school to participate and provide genuine feedback at project nights and/or student exhibitions of learning?
- How does what is on the wall/in the office/in the classroom invite and welcome and/or inhibit parent involvement?
- To what degree is parent involvement a priority and what would it look like if that was indeed the priority? What does it mean to the school staff to have parents involved? Is it a hassle or a genuine partnership?
Good stuff… and that is my follow up on the follow-up :)
(I had to search for that rule: Follow up or follow-up? I am still not sure if I got it right!)