During the development of intellectual output 2 partner countries have collected best practices regarding parent involvement in schools. These practices have been analysed and the effective ingredients then have been translated into tips and advices for schools to enhance parent involvement. A guiding principal for ordering these ingredients is the concept of the inclusive school.
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Intellectual Outcome 2 aims to develop materials, exercises, and tools for school guides: a school program involving parents from disadvantaged groups that will be used to help schools understand how to involve parents in their children’s education.
Parental involvement in learning helps improve student performance, reduce absenteeism and increase parental learning skills in their children’s education. Parents who are involved in their children’s education help them get higher grades and test scores, have better social skills and demonstrate better behavior through their support. Oftentimes, schools don’t attract parents because they don’t think they can do it. Teachers believe that families do not want to get involved when in reality families do not know how to get involved. In addition, parents may hesitate to engage in school as this is partly due to their own educational skills. They often have had less than satisfactory experiences with their own education, so they don’t feel they have good experiences getting involved in their children’s education.
The project of the School Guides will be divided into the following stages:
1. Gathering input data to the structure and content of the toolkit based on a common template developed by the IO leader and collected materials from the previous IO1;
2. Designing structure and content in close collaboration with stakeholders to ensure school guides are relevant to contexts in all partner countries.
3. Technical development of interactive school guides.
4. Translation of school guides into partner languages.
– Teachers, mentors, school professionals
– Parents from disadvantaged groups; parents from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds (learning difficulties, health problems, social and economic difficulties, disadvantaged backgrounds, parents from a migrant background (immigrants, refugees), Roma, and villagers will be participants in the training and will be involved in raising of support teachers and parents from disadvantaged groups to enhance and support child development in learning, educational skills, to help parents reflect on their experiences and gain further knowledge of their children’s education.
Elements of innovation:
The innovative aspect of this intellectual work is the creation of School Guides that will help schools and give them a tool on how to involve parents in their children’s education. Due to the lack of material, systematic action, and a clear description of the information needed to help parents and teachers achieve the desired result, children do not receive the desired support and help. The development of the Guide is therefore associated with the creation of innovative materials that will contain all the gaps mentioned above (insufficient materials). The Guide will be used by teachers/schools, and parents, which will allow for a wider range of use of the materials. The teacher’s involvement allows the materials to be used in schools, allowing them to reach more children in need of help.
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