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Family Engagement
 
 

The Mission of the Blount County Family Engagement Program  is to provide information, support, resources and training for parents, grandparents, guardians and other family members of students enrolled in the Blount County School System. 

Cindy Williams, Family Engagement Specialist

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Family Engagement...Why it’s important


Research has shown that regardless of parents’ income and educational background, their involvement in education will help their kids do better in and out of school. You could help your child enjoy school more, get better grades, and reduce behavior problems all at the same time.

Parent involvement is not just baking cookies or bringing cupcakes to your child’s classroom. It can be as simple as helping with homework or reading a book together at bedtime.  Going to parent-teacher conferences is also important, but by taking the family to school sponsored events it can make a difference, too.  More involvement is better, but you don’t have to be president of the PTA or run the school carnival.  As long as your actions show that you value education, your child is likely to respond.  Here are just a few of the reasons you should get involved in your child’s education:

Higher grades:  Kids whose parents are involved in their education get better grades and have higher test scores.  The more the parent(s) are involved, the more their children seem to benefit.  A study of parents highly involved in the educational process showed that their children were more likely to improve in reading and math.

Better behavior:  Children develop better social skills and show improved behavior when their parents are involved at school.  Studies have also shown that kids are less likely to skip school, less disruptive in class, and more likely to do their homework when their parents are involved.  One study showed that when dads are highly involved in schools, their children enjoy school more and are less likely to be suspended, expelled, or required to repeat a grade.

Improved education:  Research shows that parent involvement can help improve the quality of schools, raise teacher morale, and improve a school’s reputation in the community.  Involved parents gain the respect of teachers; as a result, teachers have higher expectations of their children.  Involvement pays off in the long term, too:  Children stay in school longer and are more likely to continue their education after high school.

Increased confidence:  When students feel supported at home and school, they develop a positive attitude about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement.  Children of involved parents are more likely to feel that they’re accepted, included, and respected and at school.

Parents benefit, too.  When parents become involved in their children’s education, they become more comfortable in the school building, gain confidence in their parenting skills, and feel more capable of helping their children learn. 

Involvement is easy.  You don’t have to log hundreds of volunteer hours for your child to benefit.  Even if you can only volunteer a few hours a year, every little bit counts.  If you’re ready to do more, your school’s parent-teacher group can help you find ways to get involved that fit both your schedule and your interests.

 

 The Program is designed to keep parents informed regarding local school policies, State and Federal regulations, and ideas and techniques to help your child with his/her education. Training sessions are scheduled each school year specifically for parents. These include, but are not limited to, Annual Federal Programs Information Meeting, Kid Crafters Training for parents and their preschool age children 3-5 years old, and an Open House at the Blount County Resource Center to familiarize parents with what is available.
 Each school that receives Title I funds must provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child's education and opportunities for parents to do volunteer work in or for the school.

 If you would like more information about how to be involved at your child's school, you may contact the Cindy Williams, 205-625-4102 or by email at   cwilliams@blountboe.net