How Parental Involvement Is Not Income Or Social Status? Essay

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Rationale: In research conducted by Henderson and Berla in 1994, they determined that “the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status”, it is parental involvement. This is a need that must be addressed at Mena Schools. After discussions with the counselor and principal at the school I currently teach at, I discovered there was a weak area when dealing with parental involvement. I have made it my goal to become involved and I have researched different activities that would possibly increase, not only parental involvement, but include the students as well. As a classroom teacher, I have realized that if the student is involved, the parents are more likely to participate and enjoy their experience. The purpose of attempting to improve parental involvement is because research has found parental involvement to be predictive of the students’ commitment and performance in school. “When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher level programs” (Van Rockel). Implementation: Mena Public Schools has an ASIP account that funds all of its parental involvement activities throughout the year. The funds vary from year to year based on the activities selected. Last year, the funding was three thousand dollars. The funding generally stays around the five thousand dollar mark, however; the
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