Parental Involvement Supporting Student Success: Overview and Synthesis

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  • Improving parental involvement can lead to increased student success, yet schools struggle to engage more parents in the education process. How can schools encourage more parental involvement? How can parents best support their children, teachers, and school leaders to increase student success? This study aimed to gain insight into the understanding of parental involvement, identify perceived barriers preventing involvement, and develop
    recommendations for improving parental involvement in a small, rural school in Northern Alberta. Data for this study were collected through semi-structured interviews with parents and a teacher to explore their understandings of parental involvement and barriers preventing involvement. Key ideas from the findings included the importance of building positive and collaborative relationships between school and home, making communication a focus, and making parents feel welcomed, heard, and an essential part of the education process. COVID has affected education and relationships with home, and staff and parents must work to rebuild these relationships. Staff may need further education on effectively interacting with parents, and parents may need support and encouragement to develop the skills and knowledge to support their child’s success. Improving student success may be more attainable if we can better engage parents in all aspects of their children’s learning.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International