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What is "Family Involvement in Education"?

Children whose parents are involved in their education have a better chance of being successful in school. They stay in school longer, get better grades, have better attendance, take higher level classes, and have better social skills. 

But what is family involvement?
Family involvement involves a number of different types of activities. Some parents and families may have the time to get involved in many ways; other families may only have the time for one or two activities. But whatever your level of involvement, remember: If you get involved and stay involved, you can make a world of difference with your children.

Family involvement in education can mean: Reading a bedtime story to your preschool child...checking homework every night...getting involved in PTA...discussing your children's progress with teachers...voting in school board elections...helping your school to set challenging academic standards...limiting TV viewing to no more than two hours on school nights...getting personally involved in governing your school...becoming an advocate for better education in your community and state...and insisting on high standards of behavior for children.

Family involvement can often be as simple as asking your children, "How was school today?": however, it is vitally important to ask every day. Doing so will send your children the clear message that their schoolwork is important to you and you expect them to learn. And sometimes parents need to do some research and read about things that might help their children, and to advocate for their children when more help is needed. Check out these ideas from the Doing What Works website.

Help For Parents from Doing What Works   Doing What Works logo

Doing What Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice. However, some of the videos and maps on the site can also help parents understand what teachers are doing in the classroom, why they are doing it, and how parents can prepare children and support teachers. In some cases, understanding what should be happening in their children’s classrooms can help parents begin conversations about their children with teachers and administratorsSchool staff may know more about education, but you probably know more about your children, so become a team for your child's success! Check out these links to find out about these topics:

Preschool Language and Literacy                                                          Video                    Diagram

Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners                         Video                    Diagram

Improving K-3 Reading Comprehension                                               Video                    Diagram

Improving Adolescent Literacy                                                              Video                    Diagram

Response to Intervention – Improving Reading Skills                         Video                    Diagram

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science                                                 Video                   Diagram

Increasing Learning Time in After School and Summer Programs      Video                   Diagram


  In this video, parents talk to their children about their day and what happened at school.

Watch this short video about what family involvement means.

 The How-to's of Parent Involvement


How are you Doing in Being Involved? What this Video.

 Pop Quiz about Family Involvement - How are you doing?