|Parental Involvement and Work Opportunities
Joint Venture Education Forum
Have you ever wondered why some children are academically superior and well-adjusted to the rigors of school? In many cases, this scenario did not "just happen" by chance. To enjoy success, there are many key factors involved, including good teachers, challenging curriculum, home conditions that are conducive to learning, a caring school environment, the student's aptitude and attitude, and parental involvement. Although each component is important, one cannot truly measure the far-reaching impact that parents have had on their children. From taking interest in their child's schoolwork, interacting with teachers, communicating well with the child, supporting the child in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, etc., the parent conveys the importance of education by his/her vested interest.
One of the ways that a parent can display a school's significance would be to participate in the school's parental groups, especially the School Community Councils. By giving these support groups time and effort, the child quickly concludes that mother/dad has committed and dedicated part of the day to the educational process. This speaks volumes to the child and instills and confirms the value of the school.
Here is a summary of parental school opportunities that are available:
How can parents help their child and school succeed under the NCLB act? The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) publishes "The Military Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind" that provides valuable tips in a clear, concise, easy-to-read format. The booklet is available on MCEC's web site at http://www.militarychild.org or from any of the military School Liaison Officers (SLO) in Hawaii.
Additional tips are available at http://www.learningfirst.org.
It is important that parents are involved in school activities in addition to volunteering for special events or projects. In addition, parents can provide a quiet place to do homework, ensure children get a good night's sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast, take an interest in school work and talk to children about what they are doing in class and teach children respect for others and responsibility for their own behavior.
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