Parental Involvement in Education Workshops

Synopsis and Outcome

Workshop Content

  • Teaching Your Child the Joys of Reading at Home, Part 1.  This workshop helps to make parents aware that they can exercise authority over three factors that can make a difference in their childrenís grades: absenteeism, variety of reading materials at home; and excessive television watching. "What a family does at home is more important to student success than level of education, level of income, or language spoken" is the central theme of this workshop. By the end of the workshop, parents truly understand the meaning of this message on several levels.

    Outcome: Parents have the means to calculate how much television their families are watching during a week; the kinds of programs; and what needs television watching is fulfilling in a family. Parents will be motivated to bring books into their homes; take control of the above mentioned factors; set up study corners for their children; go to the library with their children; and understand what they liked and didnít like about their own parentsí involvement in their education, coming up.

    Quote: " ... parent involvement is one of my work duties. Other coordinators can also benefit from this workshop." Ivette Rodriquez-Correa, Boston Public Schools, Bilingual Satellite Office.

  • Teaching Your Child the Joys of Reading at Home, Part 2.   This workshop teaches parents actual hands-on reading/writing activities to do at home with children pre-school through sixth grade.
  • Outcome: Parents are trained in 15 reading and writing activities that they can easily duplicate at home with their children at little financial expense. Out of the 15 activities, they have actual samples to bring home with them for 1) creating a world of words in posters; 2) labeling your childís pictures; 3) letting your child make lists;4) creating a scrapbook of people and places with labels; 5) leaving messages on a chalkboard or message board; and 6) writing a trip journal to mention a few.

    Quote: "It was a very emotional time when the dictionaries were given out because there were some parents that had never had one in the past. It feels so good to be able to provide these parents with materials that will be useful to their children as well as themselves." Myriam Torres, Bilingual Coordinator, Boston Public Schools.

  • Parent Power & Parent/Teacher Partnership. A workshop that teaches parents how to work alongside teachers and how to deal with eight situations common to teachers and parents alike. These situations that often cause difficulties include: 1) Teachers and parents donít speak the same language; 2)Child comes home with Dís and Fís on report card; 3)Child is having problems in the classroom; 4) Teachers always ask very personal questions; 5) How to visit a classroom; 6)How to prepare for a Parent/Teacher conference; 7) What to do when a teacher appears incompetent; 8) Keep expectations for your children, the teacher, the school and the school system high. Also discussed in this workshop is "Does poverty mean children canít be educated?"

    Outcome: This workshop teaches parents and teachers to respect the importance of each otherís roles and to be sensitive to the difficulties of these roles. Through these eight situations, parents learn how to deal more effectively and positively with teachers, schools, and school systems, which will ensure that their children receive the best education possible.

    Quote: "The knowledge and the materials were very useful to my childís education." Anna Aluary, Title One Parent, Boston.

  • Learning to Listen to Your Child. This workshop makes parents aware that listening is an act of love, whether it involves a child, a spouse, or a friend. Through three interactive, situational dramas that are school related, parents learn how to get positive results from the art of listening.

    Outcome: Parents learn what obstacles prevent them from listening; they learn what screaming, yelling, and negative criticism results in; they learn how listening lets their child learn and be self-reliant; they learn tips on how to be a good listener, and much more.

    Quote: "It (this workshop) will be helpful in making parents aware. So many parents havenít got a clue. This simplistic approach would be easy for parents to start understanding." Teri Hankey, Parent Coordinator, McKinley Schools, Boston.

  • How Parents Help Parents.This workshop teaches parents how to manage their time better and get more involved with school activities as a team.

    Outcome:Parents take home with them six ideas they can put into action immediately with other parents who have children in the same school and/or live in their neighborhood. Parents leave knowing they are role models for their children and leaders for parental involvement in education. They understand the many benefits of a strong home/school partnership.

    Quote: "This material will give me more guidance with answering parents guestions." Tavia Yarsborough, Parent Coordinator, Boston Public Schools.

  • How To Become an Authority Figure in Your Home.This workshop teaches parents how to get good grades and good behavior from adolescent children through an interactive game, called "Whoís The Boss?"

    Outcome:Parents learn what their parenting style is: authoritarian, permissive, or authoritative, and how to change; what activities are more connected to success in school; how much one-on-one talking time a child needs; home activities that give order and purpose to your family; how to show their adolescents respect and gain respect in return; and how to convey authority in the home.

    Quote: "As a parent and a teacher absolutely helpful." Mrs. Flores, Timilty School, Boston.

  • How To See Signs of Dropping Out. This workshop teaches parents what to do at home and how to become involved in school to keep potential dropouts in school and productive.

    Outcome: Parents learn how to see signs of droppins out as early as elementary school. Through two role-playing activities, parents become aware of and understand the conditions for dropping out. They then learn what they can do at home to motivate their children to stay in school and also how the school and the parent can work together toward keeping this child in school.

    Quote: "Parents always need strategies to help their children." Deborah D. Dancy, principal, Channing Elementary School, Boston.