The longer I work in education the more I realize how much of a powerful influence parents have on their children. In fact, a lot of research has indicated that positive parental support is one of the greatest impacts on student achievement. So how can we (DaVinci administrators and teachers) help support parents have more positive interactions with their children about school and learning?
One thing we are doing to increase positive parent/child interactions is creating standardized procedures at the school that facilitates positive parental involvement. For example, all teachers are required to update their Canvas calendar with any assignment that has a due date in the upcoming week. Since this process is standardized, parents can easily locate the assignments for the upcoming week and help their child calendar time to get those assignments done. Parents can then setup Canvas notifications to allow for daily or weekly notifications on upcoming assignments which will allow them to engage in positive interactions about those assignments with their children. Parents can then reinforce the positive attributes of hard work, diligence, calendaring, self-monitoring, etc. that their child used to finish the assignment.
Here is a link to our website page that has several more of these standardized procedures that can increase parental involvement. Technology Parent Training Videos
Currently, I have several parents of all school ages served at DaVinci meet once a month to review and give feedback on these standardized procedures. I then use this feedback to help refine or implement these ideas to create or improve our standardized procedures to further facilitate positive parental involvement. If you would like to participate on this parent committee then just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We meet the second Thursday of the month at 3:45 in the boardroom at Big DaVinci. You can always phone in during the meeting or email any ideas that we can discuss if you can't make it. So come and get involved.
Parenting Tips and Tricks:
This year we have invested in Love and Logic training for the entire district. All teachers are trained on how to create a positive, empowering, and safe classroom environment via five guiding principles: mutual dignity and respect, shared control within limits, sincere empathy, shared thinking, it all points to healthy relationships.
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We will also be starting a collaborative parenting group class that will focus on tips and tricks in dealing with kids. So if you are interested in this collaborative class then please email me. Here is the link to the free online course material that we will be using. Click Here to access Glen Latham's book, "The Power of Positive Parenting"