Tips for Teachers: Parent involvement that makes a difference. August 2011.


This is a report about how parents can help their children succeed in school.

Gives hands on ideas about what teachers can do to influence and support parents. It is a short, point form document with tools for teachers to use.


DePlanty, Jennifer Russell Coulter-Kern and Kim A. Duchane. Perceptions of Parent

Involvement in Academic Achievement, Journal of Educational Research.        100:6, p. 361-368.(2007)


This article examines the importance of continued parent involvement from Grades 7-12. Although it covers some higher grades than our program, it is relevant for looking at grades 7-9.

Shanker, Stuart. People for Education Keynote Address: Stuart Shanker. 2010.

Same idea as below, except addresses parents, rather than educators.

Shanker, Stuart. Connect ’12 BC School Counsellors’ Association. Speaker: Dr. Stuart             Shanker. 2012.

Stuart Shanker is a philosopher and psychologist that promotes self-regulation. I love his ideas about self-regulation. Children that are able to self-regulate have much higher mental and physical health and a much better chance of doing well in school and in life.

Stuart explains what self-regulation is and shows how it relates to parents. gives us tools to and involving parents in the process

Whalley, Margy and the Pen Green Center Team. Involving Parents in their   Children’s Learning. Sage Publications, 2001.

This is a great book for teachers about involving parents in their children’s learning. The book is broken up into eight chapters, all of which are relevant to my inquiry project. Some of the ideas in the book are: how to get to know the families of students, sharing children’s development with parents, working with parent’s that are difficult to contact and the impact in the parent’s lives. The book also talks about parents as co-educators. This is the first time I have heard this term in education books., but I think it’s important to recognize. Parents are the first educators of their children and they have a HUGE impact on their children and their learning. If educators can figure out how to motivate parents to engage with their kid’s the child’s learning would increase exponentially.

Wright, Robert J. Family Involvement and Engagement. Multifaceted Assessment     for Early Childhood Education.

Wright’s chapter in Multifaceted Assessment for Early Childhood Education is a fairly extensive document with a large amount of information on parent involvement. It is based on American studies, but still has a lot of useful, relevant information. Some of the topics covered are: parent conferences, the importance of connecting both the mother and the father, parent organizations, parents of special needs children and how the socioeconomic status of parents affects children