Monday, October 27, 2008

Parent Engagement for HS

On the "Parent Engagement Tuesdays" post bloggers wrote as follows:

Anonymous said...
Why is all of the parent engagement aimed at younger kids? Do our high school kids not need their parents anymore? Have we given up on them? I understand that it is a vicious cycle: high school parents aren't involved, so the high school staff doesn't expect or plan for involvement, so the few parents who do want to remain involved get the impression that they are not wanted and on and on . . .
October 26, 2008 10:00 AM

For a lot of us, the biggest roadblock to PE in high school is the kid we send to school each day. Still it is doable. Lots of parents of band kids and cheerleaders and kids of sports teams make a group of involved parents. Could the HS trick be to make sure every student has an extracurricular? Not any easy task considering most of our students take public transportation to and from school.
October 27, 2008 6:50 AM

4 comments:

Invisi-Mom said...

If you look at the school based website for Allderdice, Schenley, Carrick and probably other high schools in PPS we can find the Daily Bulletin. This is the same bulletin shared with students. Most kids don't go home and tell an adult anything. Often opportunities have passed before a parent has heard about a deadline to submit an essay or an in-school or community based activity.

Knowing and encouraging are two actions of parent engagement possible when you just keep up with the daily bulletin. You can always tell your kid you won't be seen in his building wearing your gladiator sandals if he considers participating in an event you heard about in the daily bulletin.

Anonymous said...

The Daily Bulletin SHOULD be a source of info for parents as well as students. The problem, at least at Schenley, is that the Daily Bulletins are inconsistently updated. For instance, by the time that the info was posted on the web site about the college fair, the bus was full.

Questioner said...

This type of specific example will be very useful when PURE Reform makes suggestions on improving parent engagement.

Anonymous said...

I will try this again; my last attempt disappeared.

I agree with invisi-mom's comments. I fight against being a helicopter parent but senior high, especially junior year, is critical for college admissions. The high school counselors are overworked and are not able to provide one-on-one admission advising. My kid needs help in screening the colleges that visit the school. As an IB student, he can't afford to miss class constantly to check out college admission reps. If I can check the daily bulletin, I can nudge him to participate when it will be most helpful.