50+ Ideas on How Parents Can Get Involved in Schools

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Whether you are a parent looking to get involved or a teacher looking for ways to utilize some parental help, this list of 50+ ideas will help.

Let’s first discuss the importance of parents getting involved in school programs. According to Edutopia parental involvement has some of the following benefits:

  • School programs that have parental involvement outperform identical programs that don’t have parental involvement.
  • Schools that involve and work well with parents have higher teacher morale and higher teacher ratings.
  • Kids show a better attitude and better behavior when parents are involved.

Those are just a few benefits of parental involvement in the school. I think they show how impactful it can be to get parents involved.

The Center for School Change (n.d.) lists the following ways that parents can become involved in schools:

COME TO SCHOOL TO ASSIST

  1. Share information with a student or class about a hobby.
  2. Share information with a student or a class about a career.
  3. Share information with students about a country you visited or lived in.
  4. Tutor one or a small group of students in reading, math, or other areas.
  5. Help coach an athletic team.
  6. Help check a student’s written work.
  7. Help put out a school or classroom newsletter (can also be done at home).
  8. Help sew or paint a display.
  9. Help build something (such as a loft in a classroom or a new playground).
  10. Help students work on a final exhibition or project (can also be done at home or workplace).
  11. Help answer the schools’ phone.
  12. Help plan a new playground for the school.
  13. Help plan a theme-based presentation for students.
  14. Help present a theme-based program for students.
  15. Demonstrate cooking from a particular country or culture to students.
  16. Share particular expertise with faculty (such as the use of computers, dealing with disruptive students).
  17. Help students plan and build an outdoor garden or other projects to beautify the outside of the school.
  18. Help coach students competing in an academic competition (such as Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Math Masters).
  19. Help bring senior citizens to school to watch a student production.
  20.  HELP ARRANGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
  21. Help set up an internship or apprenticeship for a student at your business, organization, or agency.
  22. Host a one-day ‘shadow study’ for one or a small group of students about your career in business or some other organization.
  23. Go on a local field trip with a teacher and a group of students.
  24. Go on an extended (3-5 day) cross-country field trip with a teacher & students.
  25. Contact a particular local business or organization regarding possible cooperation.*
  26. Help to create a natural area outside the building where students can learn.

SERVE ON AN ADVISORY OR DECISION-MAKING COMMITTEE

27. Serve on the school-wide site council.
28. Serve on a school committee that reports to the site council.
29. Serve on a district committee representing the school.
30. Serve as an officer in the school’s PTA.
31. Help organize a parent organization for the school.
32. Help design a parent and or student survey for the school.
33. Help conduct and or tabulate results of a parent survey regarding the school.

SHARE INFORMATION OR ADVOCATE FOR THE SCHOOL

34. Serve as a member of a ‘telephone tree’ to distribute information quickly.
35. Write a letter to legislators about the school.
36. Write a letter to school board members about the school.
37. Go to a school board meeting to advocate for the school.
38. Go to another school to provide information about this school.
39. Help design a brochure or booklet about the school.
40. Help translate information from the school into a language other than English.
41. Help translate at a parent-teacher conference for people who don’t speak English well.
42. Provide transportation to a parent-teacher conference for a parent who needs a ride.
43. Write an article for publication in a magazine about the school’s activities.
44. Help arrange for a political leader (mayor, city council, state representative, member of Congress) to visit the school.
45. Increase financial resources available to the school.

HELP WRITE A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD BRING NEW RESOURCES TO THE SCHOOL

46. Donate materials to the school.
47. Arrange for a business or other organization to donate materials to the school.
48. Help with a fundraiser for the school.
49. Help other parents develop their parenting skills.
50. Help teach a class for parents on ways they can be stronger parents.
51. Help produce a videotape for parents on ways they can be more effective parents.
52. Help write, publish, and distribute a list of parenting tips.”

Source: North Central Regional Educational Library
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