Strategies of Engagement: Parent and School Connections

Strategies of Engagement: Parent and School Connections

Kitty Fortner (California State University, USA) and Jose W. Lalas (University of Redlands, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1894-5.ch011
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School, parent involvement, and at-risk students do not always make a winning combination. However, for the students at Mountain View High School, things were different. Strategies used by the Mountain View Parent Advisory Group helped to transform education for students of color who participated in their program. This chapter follows a study at a high school located in an upper/upper middle-class neighborhood where barriers to academic growth were considered addressed. However, there was a pocket of students of color who were not being successful academically. Strategies used by a parent group to help re-engage at-risk students, raise their GPAs, and redirect their future towards success are highlighted. Understanding that these strategies can be initiated by any group of parents or teachers provides promise for at-risk students, parents, and schools.
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International Student Engagement Reform

Educational reform around the globe has called for increased parental involvement in educating children. Studies ranging from homework assistance (Gonida & Cortina, 2014) to patterns of patterns of parent involvement (Daniel, 2015) have been completed with results indicating the importance of parent involvement at all levels. A report from the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth for the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau published in 2012 identified strategies to use that foster engagement of parents in the educational process. Consistently, numerous studies suggest that academic socialization and parental role constructions lie at the foundation of effective parental engagement (Fear, J., Emerson, L., Fox, S., and Senders, 2012).

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