Survey shows parent involvement needed, wanted in schools
FRISCO – A group of this year’s Leadership Summit graduates recently surveyed parents, teachers and teenagers to find out the degree to which these three groups felt parental involvement affected student achievement.According to Laura Dickinson, one of the Leadership Summit graduates and the Director of Career and Technical Education at Summit High School, all three groups felt parental involvement was important for successful student achievement.One surprising fact the survey unveiled was that students wanted their parents to show an interest in their academics. Teachers wanted students’ parents or guardians to be more involved in the students’ academics, too, by monitoring the students’ grades, being “in touch” with the students’ coursework, helping with homework and having real world discussions with their children about the topics raised in their children’s classrooms. “Parents need to carve out some time to make this a priority. They need to focus on their children’s academic success. It will make a huge difference,” Dickinson said.Unfortunately, with 80-90 percent of parents working in Summit County, it isn’t easy for parents to find the time to be engaged with their children’s course load. Additionally, many parents surveyed found it difficult to help their children with their homework – they didn’t know the current methods by which students solved mathematical problems or didn’t feel comfortable with their level of knowledge about the class material. Dickinson, along with other Leadership Summit graduates, will be presenting the results of the surveys to the District Superintendent, Millie Hammer, in hopes that resources will be made available to parents to help them become better participants in their children’s education. Already two “Dialogues over Dinner” are planned for the June 21 and July 19. Lisa and Jeremy Dion will be presenting communication strategies for parents of teenagers at the Frisco Community Center. For more information, contact Kari Hamer at the Summit Prevention Alliance, (970) 668-2077.
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