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A Great Education Starts at Home: Increasing Parent Involvement in Education Choicework guide

This 2010 Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What can we do in our schools and community to inspire and help more parents to become more involved in their children’s education? If there’s one thing that just about everyone involved in education agrees on, it’s that when parents are actively and constructively involved in their children’s education it can make a very big difference in how well students do in school. Parents (or grandparents or guardians) are not only their children’s first teachers, they are the only teachers kids have throughout their entire childhood. Meanwhile schoolteachers must contend with large classes and tight budgets, meaning they simply cannot give every child the kind of individualized attention that would be ideal. Research tells us that schools that have a lot of parent involvement are frequently more successful than those that don’t. These are just some of the reasons why it’s so important that parents or guardians play a major role in supporting their children’s education.

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework guides and Discussion Starters outline several different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/Choicework_Parental_Involvement.pdf

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