Appropriate Social and Emotional Development Requires Parental Involvement

According to a study performed by the Harvard Family Research Project, there is direct correlation of higher student achievement with parent involvement.  Brooks-Gunn, et al. (2000) found that one of the most important factors in successful social development is a strong, healthy relationship between home and school. The research is clear that children are more likely to succeed academically and socially if their families are involved in their education.

Parents need to know exactly how they can help. Some are active in church and other community groups, but lack information about how to become more involved in their children's schooling.  It is highly recommended that all schools or individual teachers meet with parents and provide them with the benchmarks and skills they will be covering each quarter.  This is a great opportunity to introduce parents to the Carrie Flower Curriculum, so they are aware of the concepts you will be teaching their children. This should be done in all content areas; however, it is extremely important to work with parents related to a child’s social and emotional development.

So many of the Carrie Flower strategies and activities can be implemented in the home.  Post activities on your classroom website for parents.  Conduct programs for parents that teach them how to help their children learn.

The National PTA has set National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs which are summarized below:

·       Encourage active parent participation in student learning.

·       Establish regular, meaningful communication between home and school.

·       Collaborate with parents to ensure that children have a supportive learning environment at school and at home.

·       Welcome parents as advocates for their children as well as the school's other students.

·       Invite parents to act as full partners in making school decisions that affect children and families.

·       Reach out to the community for resources to strengthen schools.

Oftentimes we fall short by failing to recognize the myriad of personal and interpersonal skills students need to succeed.  It is becoming more and more evident that social-emotional skill development needs to play a more prominent role in schools.  We need to work together to develop social-emotional intelligence in our children.  We are charged with building a new generation of thinkers, problem solvers, and future leaders.  These goals can best be achieved when we work together, by including parents as partners, to provide children with greater opportunities for future success.

Until Next Time … Dr. G.