Increasing parent involvement in a school is a multifaceted process.
Many parents are busy, struggling, preoccupied, and distrustful of public
agencies, including schools. Despite this, they can be encouraged to be
more involved in the schools as volunteers, committee representatives, or
working with their children at home. Schools must create an environment
in which all parents know, like, and trust (KLT) the school, its policies and
practices, and the staff.
This concept is at the heart of our new Training Kit, Parent Involvement Action Packets for K-12 Schools.This Kit is all about providing the school and parent group with 20 “Done for You” Activities designed to quickly get your parent program to new height of involvement.
Since the adoption of the No Child Left Behind legislation in 2001, the set aside amount of funding for parent involvement activities in a school district has been pegged a 1% of budgeted amounts over $500,000. Now, with the proposed re authorization of NCLB, the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has proposed an amount of funding for parent involvement that would double that percent to a 2% set aside. In addition, states will be allowed to offer an additional 1%for new research based strategies. Continue reading