Why Parent Involvement Matters: The Research

Parent involvement matters! We know it but do we realize we're talking up to a full point of a student's GPA? Let's look at some well-known research showing what kind of parent involvement matters most. Today's guest, Dr. William Jeynes authored one of the most comprehensive studies to date. He analyzed the grades of 300,000 students and the behavior of their parents. He discovered what really impacts student learning as it relates to parents. Amazing!

From 3/4 of a point to a full point of a student's GPA is impacted by parental involvement. (That's almost a whole GRADE LETTER!) It wasn't just any parental involvement but a specific kind.

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Today's episode is a must listen for PTA's and schools who are working with parents to help their kids do their best. This is a show you must share with parents. Don't just guess about what works, know what works. (You can use some the quotes from this show with your parents on social media. Scroll down to take the pics. You have permission to use them anywhere.)

Important Takeaways

  • The number one parenting aspect improving how students perform.
  • The incredible importance of reading and parent involvement.
  • The kind of communication that hurts students the most.
  • What kind of parental involvement programs work?
  • The shocking lesson Dr. Jeynes learned about what is wrong in schools when a child was hit in the head with a baseball bat(I am not kidding!)

Dr. Jeynes makes the parent research simple. Anyone can understand his explanation on the show. I've included the research below for those of you who want to read it.

Educator Resources

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Parent involvement research shows how you must be careful about how you talk to your child.

It is important that schools embrace children and their families with an attitude of love.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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