Parental Participation Improves Student Learning

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According to Marphatia, Legaul, Edge, and Archer the environment in which parents and children live directly influence how much time is available to parents and the level of which they are able to contribute to their child’s education. Epstein, Coates, et al., tell us that what a family does with the child(ren) is more important to student success than family income or the education level of the parents. Parental participation improves student learning. Epstein defines parent involvement as families and communities who take an active role in creating a caring educational environment. Epstein says that parents who are involved with their child(ren)’s education are those who do 6 things - demonstrate good parenting skills, communicate with the school, volunteer in their child(ren)’s school, engage in the learning process at home, takes an active role in the school decision making process, and who collaborates with the school and the school based community.
Through the US department of Education we learn that ineffective parenting is a significant contributing factor to many social, emotional, and health issues, and that without providing for the education of parents the cycle of dysfunctional parenting will continue. Parenting workshops help families learn about child development and how to support student academic learning. Parenting workshops cover a number of different issues – reading skills necessary for success, developmental stages of children, the 7
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