Parental Involvement Fosters Student Success

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Educators today, recognize positive influence of parental involvement fosters higher student academic achievement levels (Danielson, 2006; Jacobs & Kritsonis, 2007). One crucial element of parental involvement is effective communication between parents and teachers. Research show parents prefer to establish informal relationships with frequent open and non-judgmental exchanges with their children's teachers (Eberly, Joshi, & Konzal, 2005). Accordingly, this article is to explore key research-based recommendations for school administrators and teacher leaders to identify and overcome communication barriers with parents. Parental Involvement Fosters Student Success Parental involvement as defined by Greene and Tichenor (2003) is participation “in the educational process by enhancing their parenting skills, developing positive communication skills between home and school, volunteering, providing learning opportunities at home, contribute to decisions that affect schooling, and collaborating with the community in support of the school” (p. 242). Research findings by Henderson (1981; 1987) and Henderson and Berla (1994) identify the following benefits from parental involvement: 1) higher student achievement; 2) increase in student graduation rates; 4) improvement in student behavior and motivation; 5) better school image among parents and students; and 6) increase in parent satisfaction with teachers (as cited in Greene & Tichenor, 2003). Although, participation can vary from parent to parent, Greene and Tichenor (2003), and researchers alike found it to be always beneficial to the student and teacher. In fact, Davern’s 2004 study argues “positive connections with families are fundamental to providing high-quality e... ... middle of paper ... ...iverse backgrounds as a means to improve student achievement levels in the United States: A National focus. Retrieved May 21, 2012 from, ERIC database. (ED499648). Lasley, M. (2005). Difficult conversations: Authentic communication leads to greater understanding and teamwork. Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal, 7. Retrieved March 9, 2008, from http://www.iaf-world.org/files/members/v7%2013-20%20lasley.pd Richard, H.V., Brown, A.F., & Forde, T.B. (2006). Addressing diversity in schools: Cultural responsive pedagogy. Culturally Responsive Teaching Resources. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from http://www.culturallyresponsiveteachingresources.org/ Robinson, S., Kennedy, S. (2009, July). Standards in practice: an instructional gap analysis. Paper presented at the National Staff Development Council Summer Conference, Boston.
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