Many schools depend on the help of parents to keep some school activities and events running smoothly. When parents pitch in to help where they're needed, everyone involved benefits in one way or another. If you're interested in getting more involved with your child's education and his school, there are plenty of ways for you to do so.
Benefits for Students
First and foremost, when a parent is a part of their child's education, it can greatly benefit that student. When your child sees your interest in what he's doing at school, it can increase his chances of success. He sees how much you're invested in his education and school activities, teaching him the importance of learning, according to PTO Today, an organization committed to helping parent group leaders serve their schools more effectively. Your child is more likely to make better grades and higher test scores, have good attendance, show proper behavior, and exhibit better social skills when you're involved, states the National Education Association.
Schools benefit from parental involvement in all sorts of ways. It can help to improve student achievements, teacher morale and create valuable relationships between teachers and parents, suggests the East Jones Elementary School, in Ellisville, Mississippi. When you volunteer, your child's school is better able to provide quality programs for students, according to Education.com. A school can also benefit from higher attendance overall and better test scores, when parents are invested in the school's success.
Benefits for the Parents
Parents benefit from being a big part of their child's education, as well. Parents who are involved are better prepared to help their children learn at home and have more confidence as a parent, according to the American Institutes for Research. When you spend more time helping at school, you have a better understanding of how your child's school operates and what educational programs are used, suggests the Clayton County Public Schools, in Jonesboro, Georgia. It also shows your child how much you care and can give you more quality time together.
To find out ways to get more involved in your child's education, you can talk with your child's teachers and administrative staff to find out what opportunities are available in your school district. Some schools welcome parent volunteers to assist teachers during class time, some need help monitoring during lunch shifts and others may need help organizing fundraisers or events. If there's a local PTA or PTO at your child's school, find out how to join. These programs are dedicated to helping children succeed, with the help of parents, teachers, administrators and community members working together.
- National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
- National PTA: Male Engagement
- PTO Today: Make the Case for Parent Involvement
- Education.com: The Benefits of Parent Involvement, What Researchers Say
- Clayton County Public Schools: Parental Involvement
- East Jones Elementary: Parental Involvement
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