PAULINE I. DAWKINS
INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
P.O. Box
954
Ridgeland, MS 39158
(662) 582-1483
Email: [email protected]
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Pauline I Dawkins
JULY 24-25, 2012
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PARENTS AS PARTNERS:
THE IMPORTANCE OF
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
EARLY
IN A CHILD’S EDUCATION.
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TAKING BACK OUR
CHILDREN’S EDUCATION
SPEAK YOUR CHILD’S
FUTURE INTO BEING!!!
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WE HAVE TO BE
THE CHANGE
WE WANT TO
SEE!!
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THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP?
HOW DO WE CLOSE IT?
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The fastest and easiest
way is for parents to
become involved
-PERIOD!-
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PARENT INVOLVEMENT CAN INCLUDE
- CONFERENCE CALLS
- CLASSROOM VISITS
- PTA/ CLASSROOM INVOLVEMENT
- NEW TECHNOLOGY (CELL PHONES, TEXT
MESSAGES, ETC)
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HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU AS PARENTS
CAN DO:
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VOLUNTEER AT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL
PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA CIRRICULAR
ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR CHILD.
ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO GET INVOLVED IN
WHOLESOME ACTIVITIES (BOTH AT SCHOOL AND
THE COMMUNITY)
OBTAIN A LIBRARY CARD FOR EACH OF YOUR
CHLDREN
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PURCHASE AGE APPROPRIATE BOOKS FOR
KIDS
CUT DOWN ON THE PURCHASE OF VIDEO
GAMES.
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TURN OFF THE T.V. DURING THE WEEK.
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DO HOMEWORK WITH CHILDREN
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REQUEST CONFERENCE WITH TEACHER
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LET YOUR HOME BECOME THE POSITIVE
MEETING PLACE.
WHEN LITTLE JOHNNY COMES OVER,
ENCOURAGE HIM TO BRING HIS HOME-WORK
AND ALL OF THEM WORK ON IT TOGETHER.
SUPPORT EACH OTHER.
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SOME THINGS PARTNERS CAN DO:
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BE AVAILABLE FOR PARENT-TEACHER
CONFERENCES
BE HONEST WITH PARENTS AS THEY DISCUSS
THE CHILD’S PROGRESS
MAKE APPROPRIATE SUGGESTIONS FOR
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES FOR THE CHILD
ESTABLISH A HEALTHY LINK BETWEEN PARENT
AND TEACHER
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Children and families do not come in pieces
or neat packages that fit either a “program”
or “strategy.”
Intervention is important in early childhood
while the brain is still growing and behavioral
patterns are being formed. A child’s future
life story is written by the third or fourth
grade.
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REPORTS INDICATES THAT Many Black and
Latino children are behind when they enter
kindergarten. (why do you think that is so?)
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BEHAVIORS TEACHERS SEE AS DISRUPTIVE
AND DISRESPECTFUL MAY BE DIFFICULT TO
MANAGE BUT KNOWING THE CHILD MAKES
THEIR BAHAVIOR UNDERSTANDABLE AND
REVEALS OTHER WAYS TO WORK WITH THEM
REMEMBER THIS ……..
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EDUCATION COST LESS =
than ignorance
 PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE =far less than
emergency rooms
 PREVENTATIVE FAMILY SERVICES= less than
out-of-home care
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 HEAD
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START MUCH LESS THAN PRISONS!
Adult must hold yourselves and others
accountable and empower our children to
stand up to make a difference in our
communities.
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 The
average annual per child cost of Head
Start is $7,028.
 The
annual per child cost for a high quality
comprehensive full-day, full-year early
childhood education program is $13,000.
 The
average annual per prisoner cost is
$22,650. States spend on average almost
three times as much per prisoner as per
public school pupil.
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WE MUST ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD HAVE
A Healthy Start
A Head Start
A Fair Start
A Safe Start and
A Moral Start
in life and the chance for success!
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Results of the study, released in a report
entitled "A New Wave of Evidence," found that
students whose parents are actively involved
in their education EARLY are more likely to
attend school regularly (participate in extra
curricular activities)
adapt well to school (no behavior issues)
take advanced classes and excel
academically.
have confidence in their schooling and their
abilities.
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These students also tend to have better social
skills, and they are more likely to graduate
from high school and attend post-secondary
school/college.
Parent involvement leads to feelings of
ownership, resulting in increased support of
schools.
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The family makes critical contributions to
student achievement from preschool
through high school.
A home environment that encourages
learning is more important to student
achievement than income, educational
level or cultural background.
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When children and parents talk
regularly about school, children
perform better academically.
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Three kinds of parental involvement at home
are consistently associated with higher
student achievement:
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actively organizing and monitoring a child’s
time
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helping with homework (very critical)
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discussing school matters.
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The U.S. Department of Education reports
that the rate of parent involvement drops to
55 percent by the time children reach age 14,
and it continues to drop as children progress
through high school.
Because of this drop in parental involvement
we encounter some of the problems we see
with our young, our schools, and the wider
community
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“It
is easier to build strong children
than to fix broken men”
**attributed to Frederick Douglass
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A
child is born into poverty every 36
seconds.
STATISTICS INDICATE THAT…..
A
Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3
chance of going to prison in his lifetime;
a Black girl has a 1 in 17 chance. A
Latino boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 6
chance of going to prison in his lifetime;
a Latino girl has a 1 in 45 chance.
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About 580,000 Black males are serving
sentences in state or federal prison,
while fewer than 40,000 Black males
earn a bachelor’s degree each year.
One in 3 Black men, 20–29 years old, is
under correctional supervision or
control.
Black juveniles are about four times as
likely as their White peers to be
incarcerated.
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Black youths are almost five times as
likely to be incarcerated as White
youths for drug offenses.
According to a Harvard Civil Rights
Project and Urban Institute Report,
only 50 percent of Black and 53
percent of Latino students
graduated from high school on time
with a regular diploma in 2001.
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Homicide is the leading cause of death
among Black males ages 15–34.
Black males ages 15–19 are almost four
times as likely as their White peers to die
from a firearms injury and are six times
as likely to be homicide victims.
Young White males are twice as likely to
commit gun suicide as young Black
males.
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Of the 1.5 million children with an
incarcerated parent in 1999, Black children
were nearly nine times as likely to have an
incarcerated parent as White children
Latino children were three times as likely as
White children to have an incarcerated
parent.
A child with an incarcerated parent is six to
nine times as likely as a child whose parent
was not incarcerated to become
incarcerated him/herself.
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If parents are not involved with their
children early on and in a positive way
the information shared earlier can and
will be the results
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Have books at home accessible for children.
●Read to (or) with your children.
●Talk to your child, oral language is key—ask
your children about their day, what did they
learn?
●Communicate with your child’s teachers,
introduce yourself to them/set up meetings.
●Show your child you value reading and the
importance of a good education.
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EXAMPLE OF A PARENT/GUARDIAN COMMITTMENT
I want ____________________________ to reach his/her full
academic potential. Therefore, I will commit to do all of
the following:
◦ • Ensure that my child attends school each day.
◦ • Send my child to school on time and ready to learn.
◦ • Review homework assignments and offer assistance when
needed.
◦ • Show an interest in my child’s well-being by attending school
functions, supporting school activities, and making every effort
to attend parent-teacher conferences.
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Parent Signature:
__________________________________________________
Date: ____________
If extenuating circumstances prevent me from a full commitment I will offer an explanation to the
appropriate administrator(s) or staff member(s).
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EXAMPLE OF A STUDENT COMMITMENT
(TAYLOR IT TO THE APPROPRIATE AGE)
I want to reach my full academic potential. Therefore, I will
commit to do all of the following:
• Arrive at school and attend class on time each day.
• Show respect at all times to everyone who is part of the
school by not acting hostile or creating fear in others.
• Obey all of the classroom rules and conduct myself
accordingly.
• Pay attention in class and participate in class discussions.
• Complete all classroom lessons and homework on time in
a way that is accurate and neat.
Pupil Signature: ________________________________________________
Date: ______________
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