How to Stay Actively Involved in Your Child’s Education
The phrase “parent involvement” in children’s learning may conjure images of parents in the classroom eagerly helping children to make Easter baskets, sorting papers and putting them in the student’s mailboxes. Parental involvement in children’s learning is beneficial. The research shows that it leads to educational, social, and emotional outcomes for children. In addition, it contributes to overall positive attitudes, improved behavior and attendance at school.
Types of Involvement
As children grow up, the ways in which you can be involved in your child’s learning changes. The physical presence of you in the classroom is no longer essential, or necessarily effective to be involved in your child’s education.
In Evergreen School District, you can continue to learn what your child is learning in the classroom and this gives you an opportunity to be highly engaged in your child’s learning. You can do this through our awesome Parent University Program. If you have some knowledge as to what your child is learning in the classroom, you will feel confident and be able to engage in their learning at a very different level. This is definitely being involved in your child’s learning because the dialogue with your child will be much more diverse and meaningful.
Help with Writing
Let’s take writing for an example. We incorporate writing in many of the classes that we provide for our families. The child comes to the class with you which is quite beneficial. Writing is practical and it is an area where many of our children need help and practice. Writing is also very important element of your child’s education and at every grade span. As your child students gets older, they will be expected to show more sophisticated writing skills, and to complete more sophisticated tasks through their writing. In addition, many colleges and universities require students to write essays as part of their admissions application. You can model this great habit by maintaining your own journal and observe how this practice will encourage your child to do the same as you perfect your writing.
Happy journaling with your children!
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Denise Williams recently retired from Evergreen School District where she served for 35 years as a teacher, computer instructor, literacy coach, principal and director. As the Director of Instruction, Denise was responsible for state and federal programs enabling her to be an advocate for historically underserved students and English language learners. Denise is very intentional and passionate around her equity work ensuring that all students and parents receive what they need to be successful in the 21st Century. Additionally, she facilitated Title 1, and Title III Program assessments, Professional Development for teachers and administrators as well as the coordination of the district Parent Involvement Program. Her work in the community empowering parents to be successful with their children led to Evergreen receiving the state’s Golden Bell Award and the County’s Kristy Porter Award for Parent Engagement. Denise was also the recipient of the 2019 NAACP Emmitt Dollarhyde Award for her work to enhance the educational wellness of the school community. Denise has now joined the Silicon Valley Education Foundation as the Chief Programs Officer and continues to provide equitable structures for students who are underserved through the implementation of innovation programs that ensure students are prepared for 21st Century College and Career.