Despite educational reform, the reassessment of schools and teachers and the increased popularity of charter schools and vouchers, research continues to indicate that high levels of parental involvement lead to high levels of academic achievement.
Bill Stanczykiewicz president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute says parents need to be active on two fronts when it comes to their child advancing in school. Stanczykiewicz says parents or guardians need to be active at both the school by "going to parent teacher conferences and other school activities as well as checking in at home checking in on the homework, asking how the school day went, asking about school activities, what they're doing in school tomorrow" and other things like that.
Stanczykiewicz says, "We need to make sure parents know they're uniquely responsible and uniquely influential in the lives of their kids and it is up to them (parents) to be proactive in the schooling of their children."
He adds that there on some steps schools can take to be even more inviting " so that those parents do take advantage of all the opportunities and help that are available to their kids in that school from talented educators."
You can discover more about parental involvement, November's topic of the Indiana Youth Institute by visiting: http://www.iyi.org
(photo: Bill Stanczykiewicz president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute visit the Region News Team Studios last month)