Does a great education start in the home or in the classroom? Research has shown that when parent's are involved in their child's education students generally do better academically, stay in school longer and like school more. But how is Clark County getting more parents involved? And are parents in the district doing enough to get involved with their kid's education?
We continue our summer series on education with a look at parental involvement. How well can students do without a strong parental presence in their educations? And what about the parents who simply can't be involved because of full time job or other constraints? And how much can any given school district do to facilitate strong involvement of a parent?
We'd like to hear from parents and teachers. What are your thoughts? What are the biggest roadblocks to being involved in your student's education? And for teachers what has proven to work and not work when trying to get parents involved? You can post your comments below.
Catherine Jordan, Program Mgr, SEDL (formerly the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory)
Dave Flatt, State Treas, NV PTA; and CCSD parent
Jeffrey I. Gelfer, PhD, Prof of Special Ed and Early Childhood Ed, UNLV
Brenton Lago, Principal, Mendoza Elementary School