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201 Ways to Involve Parents

201 Ways to Involve Parents
Practical Strategies for Partnering With Families

Third Edition
  • Betty Boult - Educational Consultant, British Columbia

June 2016 | 160 pages | Corwin

Proactively Develop Parental Involvement for Students’ Growth and Achievement

Years of research and practice show that connecting with families positively impacts student achievement. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is packed with realistic and ready-to-use ideas to help teachers and administrators actively engage parents as educational partners. This new edition includes current research on the impact of parent involvement in the school community, offers numerous new strategies, and provides expanded coverage of ways to build bridges between schools and diverse families, including:

  • Innovative ways to sustain ongoing communication with families
  • Ideas for welcoming parents as vital members of the school community
  • Strategies for including parents in school governance
  • Techniques for developing parent volunteer programs, and more

Start today to strengthen your classroom and school by working collaboratively with caregivers!

Publisher’s Acknowledgments
About the Author
Part 1 – Making It Happen
Starting the School Year  
Supporting the Whole Family  
Creating Safe Havens for Students  
Recruiting Volunteers  
Meeting the Needs of Volunteers  
Training Volunteers  
Developing Staff  
Placing and Supporting Volunteers  
Acknowledging Volunteers  
Part 2 – Creating the Climate
Projecting a Positive Image  
Marketing the Message  
Using Technology to Communicate  
Communicating Effectively  
Creating the Context for Change  
Part 3 – Sustaining the Involvement
Celebrating Diversity  
Using Community Resources  
Developing Community Relationships  
Promoting Learning Across the Curriculum  
Building Character  
Talking Person to Person  
Part 4 – Venturing Beyond the Bake Sale
Establishing Connections  
Cross-Fertilizing Ideas  
Fostering Effective Advisory Councils  
Developing Parent Capacity  
District Initiatives: Setting the Example  

"Equal parts instructional and inspirational, this little gem has been an important part of my toolkit since I came across the first edition a decade ago. Dr. Boult's imperative to involve parents so comprehensively in their children's education makes so much sense, and the variety of strategies she offers range from the practical to the imaginative. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is a wonderful resource for both classroom teachers and school administrators."

Lee Smith, Principal
Sino-Canada High School

"With Betty's vast and varied experience in education, she brings a breadth of knowledge and understanding to the important subject of parents as partners."

Judy Chapman, Educational Consultant
Vancouver, British Columbia

"When I used this book with the members of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in my inner city elementary school, their executive immediately embraced it as a way to better understand the important role they played.  Because of this, instead of using the PAC monthly meetings as a platform to complain, they used them to work with my staff and me to positively and proactively influence the direction of my school.  For years afterwards, I would overhear parent conversations that began with "As Boult said in her book..."  It truly did assist in changing the climate in my school!"

DeDe DeRose, Retired Principal, Educational Consultant
Kamloops School District

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Part I: Making It Happen

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ISBN: 9781483369464

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