Why Is Parent Involvement Important?
Parents play a critical role in their children’s development at all ages. Before children are old enough to enter formal schooling, parents foster their children’s development by playing and reading with their children daily and generally teaching them about the world in which they live. Once children enter formal schooling, it is still important for parents to interact with and support their children both in the home and school environments. Research has shown that, no matter the ethnicity or income level of a family, children do better in school, like school more, and stay in school longer when their parents are actively involved in their lives at home and at school.
How Does Title I Encourage Parent Involvement?
Parental involvement is a key component of Title I legislation. Schools that receive Title I funds are required to develop jointly with parents a written parental involvement policy. This policy must describe how the school will involve parents in the planning and implementation of parent involvement activities designed to improve student achievement at the school. Schools must also hold an annual Title I parent meeting at a time convenient to parents. At this meeting, parents can learn about their school’s participation in Title I and about their rights to be involved. To learn how to get involved in Title I activities, please contact your school’s principal or Title I teacher.
How Does PSOE Support Parent Involvement?
All parents are invited and encouraged to be involved in their child’s school life. Title I schools work to create a parental involvement policy (PSOE School-Parent Compact) that outlines the efforts the school will make to involve parents in the effort to improve student achievement. To view your school’s parental involvement policy, view the PSOE Title I Compact.
PSOE holds an annual back to school night to include a Title I parent information meeting. Contact PSOE’s Title I Director or Coach to find out the date and time of your school’s meeting. In addition, PSOE has fall and spring parent conferences. PSOE also works to sponsor several parent/family activities throughout the year including family literacy, math, or science nights, talent shows, art shows, book fairs, and carnivals/festivals.
In an effort to learn the most effective ways in which schools and parents can form partnerships, teams of teachers, administrators, and parents from PSOE have also attended sessions sponsored by the Indiana Partnership Center (a Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) funded by the U.S. Department of Education in support of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 often referred to as NCLB). Working as a team, attendees learned to identify and overcome obstacles to parental involvement, to improve communications, to understand school achievement data and how it is used, and to problem-solve effectively.
How Can I Help My Child Do His/Her Best At School?
Things To Do At Home:
- Make sure your child has a nutritious breakfast
- Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep (about 10 hours)
- Make sure your child has a quiet time and place to do homework
- Meet your child’s teacher(s)
- Read daily to your child (or, have them read to you)
- Help your child see how math works in everyday activities like telling time, counting money, banking, grocery shopping, or cooking
- Visit the library with your child
- Go on family field trips to parks, museums, festivals, fairs – anywhere that children can learn
- Listen to music together
- Play games
- Work puzzles
- Limit “screen time” like tv, video games, and computers (less than 2 hours a day)
- Help with homework (ask the teacher for help if you aren’t sure how to help)
- Check your child’s homework folder/school papers every day to learn about what is being studied, monitor your child’s progress and read notes from teachers (with older children, ask about their studies and ask to see their work)
- Talk to your child about their day
- Teach your child about things that are important to you
- Attend parent-teacher conferences
- Attend school-sponsored functions
- Speak positively about your school
- Be a lifetime learner – your child is watching!
Things To Do At School:
- Meet your child’s teacher(s) and principal
- Attend school functions
- Attend parent-teacher conferences
- Join the Teacher-Parent Association at your child’s school
- Volunteer to help in the classroom (one time or on a regular basis)
- Volunteer to coordinate classroom parties
- Donate items or money for classroom parties or other school-related functions
- Eat lunch at school with your child on occasion
Resources for Families at PSOE
Parenting & Educational Resources
- 40 Developmental Assets (3-5 yrs)
- 40 Developmental Assets (8-12 yrs)
- 40 Developmental Assets (12-18 yrs)
- ESL Instruction Resources
- Helping Your Child Become A Reader
- Indiana Partnerships Center
- KidsHealth.org – Parents
- Reading Is Fundamental
- Scholastic Parents
- PBS Parents
- 40 Elementos Fundamentales del Desarrollo para niños pre-escolares (edades de 3 a 5)
- 40 Elementos Fundamentales del Desarrollo para la pre-adolescencia (edades de 8 a 12)
- 40 Elementos Fundamentales del Desarrollo
- Guía de recursos para las familias hispanas
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- John H Boner Center
- Indiana Family & Social Services Administration Division of Family Resources
- Indiana Youth Services Association
Check back for more information about homework help.
Fun & Learning
- A Plus Math
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Cool Math 4 Kids
- Cool Science For Curious Kids
- Fact Monster
- Fun Brain
- Fun School
- How Stuff Works
- KidsHealth.org – Kids
- KidsHeath.org – Teen
- Knowledge Bears
- Math Playground
- National Park Service – Kids
- RIF – Reading Planet
- Scholastic Kids
- Word Central
NCLB & Title I Resources
U.S. Department of Education
- Title I, Part A, Sec. 1118 Parental Involvement
- NCLB Action Briefs: Parental Involvement
- No Child Left Behind: A Parents’ Guide
- U.S. Department of Education: Parents
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
PSOE has two Title I contacts:
Mr. Scott Frye
Principal / Title I Director
Ms. Tonia Bireley
Paramount School of Excellence
3020 Nowland Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46201