Parent involvement toolkit
Engaging parents to help their children succeed at school
We reviewed thirty years of research from Canada, the United States and England. Findings show the kind of involvement that makes the biggest difference to students’ chances for success in school isn’t what most parents might expect. Based on our research, we have created a toolkit for principals, teachers and parents about doing what matters most.
Everything you need is in this toolkit: clear and easy instructions; separate handouts for principals, teachers and parents; and the research evidence you need to convince everyone this is worthwhile!
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Download the toolkit and pass it on. Download the individual tip sheets in colour or print them in black & white. The tip sheets are available in a number of languages:
The evidence is unequivocal: parents make a difference
We reviewed thirty years of research from Canada, the United States and England. Findings show the kind of involvement that makes the biggest difference to students’ chances for success in school isn’t what most parents might expect. More important than limiting TV time, volunteering on the school council, or even monitoring homework, there are four things that lead the pack:
- Letting your child know you have high expectations for him or her
- Talking with your child about school
- Focusing on students’ attitudes, more than their marks
- Reading to and/or with your child
Unfortunately many, if not most, Ontario students report their parents aren’t doing the things that really make a difference. For instance, less than half of students in grade 3 report they talk to a parent or guardian “every day or almost every day” about their school activities. And only a third of principals report they are successful at helping all parents understand the learning goals for their school.
Webinar: Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference
What can parents do to help their kids succeed at school? What kind of parent involvement really makes a difference? Watch and listen to this webinar featuring expert Carl Corter ~ accompanied by the People for Education team.
Watch the webinar: Parent Involvement that Makes a Difference
Helpful resources from TVOParents
What do kids need to be successful? Watch and learn more on TVO Parents’ feature page!
How to talk to your child – Cheryl Jackson interviews experts in this show to help parents talk to their children. It may seem obvious; however we often shut our children down and end up in a constant loop of saying the same thing over and over.
Reading to your child in your first language – There are many different languages spoken at home. Is it a good idea for families to read to their kids in their first languages? How does reading to a child in Urdu or Farsi affect language skills? Itah Sadu, storyteller, author and co-owner of A Different Booklist and Esther Geva of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto join Cheryl Jackson for a discussion on books in first languages.