During the development of the intellectual output 2 partner countries have collected best practices regarding parent involvement in schools. These practices have been analyzed 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.
The Intellectual Output 2 aims at developing materials, exercises, tools for School guides: a program for schools to involve parents from disadvantaged groups that will be used to help schools understand on how to involve parents in the education of their children.
Parents involvement in learning helps to improve student performance, reduce absenteeism and increase parents’ educational skills in their children’s education. Parents who are involved in children education help to earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills and show improved behavior through their support. Often, schools do not attract parents because they do not think that they can do it. Teachers believe that families do not want to be involved when, in fact, families do not know how they can be involved. In addition, parents can hesitant to become involved in school because it comes in part from their own education skills. They often have had a less-than satisfactory experience with their own schooling, and so they don’t feel that they have a good experience to be involved in children’s education.
The design of the School Guides will be divided into the following steps:
1. Collection of input for structure and content of the toolkit based on the common template, elaborated by IO leader and collected materials from the previous IO1;
2. Design of the structure and content in close cooperation with stakeholders in order to ensure the relevance of the School Guides for contexts in all partner countries.
3. Technical development of the interactive School Guides.
4. Translation of the School Guides to partner languages.
– Teachers, mentors, school professionals
– Parents from disadvantaged groups (parents from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds (learning difficulties, health issues, social and economic struggles, disadvantaged background, parents from a migrant background (immigrants, refugees), Roma people, rural people. They will be participants of the training and will be involved in raising awareness regarding support teachers and parents from disadvantaged groups to increase and support the child’s development in learning, educational skills, to help parents to reflect on their experiences and to gain further knowledge about the education of their children.
Elements of innovation:
The innovative aspects of this Intellectual Output are the creation of the School Guides that will help schools and give them tools on how to involve parents in the education of their children. 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 assistance. Thus, the development of the Manual involves the creation of innovative materials that will contain all the gaps (insufficient materials) listed above. The Guide will be used by teachers/schools and parents which makes it possible to cover a wider scope of using materials. The teacher’s involvement allows the use of materials in schools, enabling them to reach more children who need help. Also,