Increasing Parental Participation in Lake Worth Middle School

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The purpose of this study is to implement a plan to increase parental participation in Lake Worth Middle School. The target is parents of middle grade students in Lake Worth Middle School, who do not participate in the school process and are negatively affecting their children’s success.

A comprehensive review of educational literature shows that most researchers agree about the importance of parental involvement to boost academic success (LaBahnn, 1995; Epstein, 1995; Henderson& Berla, 1994). LaBahnn (1995) explained that parental involvement not only benefits the student in question, but it also benefits the teacher, the school and the other students in the classroom. According to Henderson and Berla (1994) parental involvement benefits the students because their grades increase, improves their attendance and increases their chances of graduation. Henderson and Berla (1994) also said that parental participation increases teacher moral as a result, of their students’ academic success. Peterson (1989) stated that parental involvement gives parents a sense of pride; because, parents feel that they are helping their children academically Epstein (1995) indicated that parental involvement is a strong indicator of academic achievement.

Although most educational experts agree that parental involvement is very important, we found that some researchers differ in the definition of parental involvement. Walker, Shenker & Hoover-Dempsey (2010) defined parental involvement as:

The frequency and quality of four forms of involvement associated with positive student outcomes. These forms include parental values, goals, expectations, and aspirations; home-based activities (e.g., homework); parent-teacher-school communications; and school-ba...

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