1) Review: Introduction, Description, Objectives, and Key Concepts of lesson
2) Read: Material in Your Essential Library
4) Complete: Activity 1: Family Involvement: Diverse Research for a Diverse World
This lesson focuses on the importance of family-child relationships to the child’s learning. The goal is to help participants build a culturally competent framework for understanding family involvement in education. This lesson presents some basic principles of family involvement, starting with definitions and benefits of involvement and then moving into the role and importance of community resources to support families and children's education. Participants explore some of the wide variety of literature related to family involvement. They will also explore some of the resources available to families in their communities.
After completing this lesson, participants should be able to:
Families play pivotal roles in their children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development from birth through adolescence.
Family-school partnerships matter.
A strong family-program relationship is one of the strongest predictor’s of a child’s long-term success in school. This has been clearly established across the literature. Children achieve more, regardless of soceo-economic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents' education level, if parents are engaged in their children's education.
The family-school relationship changes as the child matures.
Family involvement in education is important from birth to grade 12 and beyond, but the roles change as the child matures.
Cultural factors influence family involvement.
Family involvement in children’s education looks different across different segments of the population. While many educators immediately think of “family involvement in education” in terms of direct interactions with the school, such as parent volunteering, it is important to take a broader view of parent involvement to encompass all the things families do to help their children learn and support their education.
Community supports for families strengthen the positive impact of families.
Community services—including literacy programs, parent education, ELL courses, medical services, etc.—help families become more positively engaged in their children’s education.
LINC has identified the following resources as the most essential current resources to help you inform yourself on this topic. You should peruse each of these resources prior to teaching this lesson. If you would like to complete additional research in this topic, there are optional resources in the Additional Resources for Further Study under building collaborative staff relationship section.
Banquedano-Lopez, P., Alexander, R.A., & Hernandez, S.J. (2013). Equity issues in parental and community involvement in schools: What teacher educators need to know. Review of Research in Education, 37(1), 149-182.
Weiss, H. B., Bouffard, S. M., Bridglall, B. L., & Gordon, E. W. (2009.) Reframing family involvement in education: Supporting families to support educational equity. A Research Initiative of the Campaign for Educational Equity. Teachers College, Columbia University. December, 2009.
Illinois State Board of Education Family Engagement Framework: A Guide for Illinois School Districts, Schools and Families, 2015.
Delgado Gaitan, C. (2012). Culture, Literacy, and Power in Family-Community-School Relationships, Theory into Practice, 51:4, 305-311.
To synthesize the material completed thus far in this lesson, consider the following through either small group discussion or individual writing response:
The post-lesson activity is designed to help students grow their knowledge of family involvement in education. It should be completed after the rest of the lesson has finished.