Resolution for Increased Parental Involvement in the Lakewood City SchoolsPosted: February 18, 2014
Resolution for Increased Parental Involvement in the Lakewood City Schools
In the 2002 research review A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp conclude that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education. To put it another way, when families are involved in their children’s learning both at home and at school, their children do better in school.
The findings presented by Henderson and Mapp provide a framework for strengthening parent/family involvement programs. PTA, working with leading experts on parent involvement and school-community partnerships, has updated its National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs to reflect recent research and improve parent and community involvement practices. The updated National Standards shift the focus from what schools should do to involve parents to what parents, schools, and communities can do together to support student success. To reflect this change, the standards have been renamed the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships.
Furthermore, as required by the State of Ohio, the Lakewood Board of Education has adopted a parental involvement policy for the Lakewood City Schools Parent Involvement in the School Program (2111).
The PTA National Standard for Family-School Partnerships and board policy Parent Involvement in the School Program provide a solid foundation for continuing to increase parent involvement in the Lakewood City Schools by providing opportunities for day and evening involvement and building collaboration with parents to determine best practices for accessing buildings and volunteering during the day.
Whereas, It is the role of the Lakewood Council of PTAs to encourage parental involvement, an essential part of the PTA mission, by promoting an environment in which parents are valued as primary influences in their children’s lives and essential partners in their children’s education and development; and
Whereas, Increasingly, parents are not home during the day for a variety of reasons and so programming and opportunities for involvement should be offered in the evenings as well as during regular school hours; and
Whereas, Children whose parents are advocates for them at school are more confident at school and take on and achieve more. The more families advocate for their children and support their children’s progress, the longer their children stay in school and the better their children do; and
Whereas, It is recognized that each building in the Lakewood City Schools has its own set of challenges in providing security and access to the building during regular school hours during the day. However, consistency among buildings in regard to security, and access to volunteer, schedule appointments, or to communicate the immediate needs of a child would benefit parents as many families have children attending multiple buildings; therefore be it
Resolved, That the Lakewood Council of PTAs and its constituent organizations advocate for models of site-based decision making which provide for equitable participation among parents, students, community members, principals, teachers, and other staff and which promote an environment in which parents are valued as essential partners in their children’s education and development; and be it further
Resolved, That opportunities for parent involvement be offered in the evenings in addition to during regular school hours during the day, that parents are engaged in forming building policies in regard to volunteering and accessing buildings during regular school hours during the day, and that consistency among buildings in regard to security and accessibility be maintained whenever possible.