COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REFLECTION 1
Communityengagement helps students to attain their full educational potential.According to Redding,Murphy, & Shelley, (2012), thereare different levels of student engagement such as cognitive,emotional, and behavioral.
WhatWould You Like Your Students to Learn at Home to Better Prepare Themfor Academic Success?
Iwould like my students to learn time management skills while at hometo help them avoid procrastinations which affect their academicsuccess. Besides, students should learn the value of hard work, goalsetting, and persistence while at home.
HowWould You Work as Partners With Parents/Families to Increase Studentacademic achievement?
Thefirst step towards establishing a partnership between me and theparents/families is setting up regular meetings. The second step isestablishing a two-way communication channel. Also, I can work withparents as partners by involving them in decision making
DoYou Have Any Resistance to Working With Parents as Partners? If So,From Where Does the Resistance Arise, and How Can You Overcome It.
Iexperience some level of resistance when working with parents.Mostof them argue that they toil very much trying to provide food,shelter, clothing, fees and other needs for their children. As such,they hardly have time to enquire about their children’s academicperformance. Some parents say that they lack the know-how to getinvolved with their children’s education(McAlister, 2013).I can overcome the resistance by adopting a communication channelthat will accommodate all parents regardless of their busy schedule.
WhatWill You Do at the Beginning of the Next School Year to EncourageParental Involvement In Your Classroom and School?
Duringthe next school year, I will seek to communicate regularly withparents about student progress and school programs. I will alsoassist families with skills and supports that will enable them tounderstand their children at every stage of their development. I willalso collaborate with the community in coordinating resources neededby students, school, and families.
WhatAcademic Goals Do Parents Have for Their Children?
Mostparents expect their children to attain at least a college degree.However, thereis a group of parents who believe their children are not giftedacademically. As such, such parents only wish their children canattain a high school diploma (McAlister, 2013).
WhatObstacles or Barriers Do Parents Face to School Involvement, and HowDo They Deal With the Pitfalls?
First,many families suffer from limited resources. For instance, some ofthem do not have means of transportation which prevents them fromvisiting the school regularly (McAlister,2013). Additionally,most parents are busy hence they may lack enough time to visit theirchildren`s school or talk with their teachers. Additionally,sometimes schools suffer from a shortage of teachers. This means thata parent cannot make an impromptu visit to the school every timehe/she finds time. There is also the barrier caused by the lack ofunderstanding of parent’s communication styles(McAlister, 2013).Besides, some parents think that teachers delay in informing themabout the problems affecting their children. To overcome thesechallenges, most parents are making appointments with the specificteachers in order to find ample time for interactions instead ofmaking impromptu visits to the schools(McAlister, 2013).
AreParents Involved in the Classroom or School? Explain
Ido not think that parents are involved in the classroom or school atthe level that I would like. First, very few parents visit theschools where their children study unless upon request by the teacheror during annual conferences. Besides, very few parents log into theschool website to try and see if anything has happened that theymight be interested in.
HowCan Parents Help Increase Community Participation in Classroom andSchool Activities?
Parentscan increase community participation in classroom and schoolactivities by enrolling to become members of the various schoolclubs. They can also volunteer in the various school activities.
ThinkAbout the Levels of Family and Community Involvement at Your School.What Issues Have You Encountered?
Ithink there is a lot of mistrust between stakeholders. The mistrustis caused by certain cultural attitudes towards schooling held bydifferent ethnic groups. Additionally, I think that the diversecultural backgrounds hamper community involvement. For instance, insome communities, extended family members naturally take on mentoringand parenting role with children while others do not. Besides,certain parenting instruction offered by schools fails to recognizethe cultural differences in children-rearing practices.
HowCan You Build an Inclusive School Culture That Is Open and Friendlyto All Stakeholders?
First,I can ensure that the school adopts an inclusive policy where everymember of the community can visit the learning institution regardlessof whether or not he/she is a parent. Secondly, I can provideadequate opportunities for volunteering to all members of thecommunity. Lastly, schools should create a respectable environmentfor all stakeholders.
WhatCommunity-based Organization(s) Can You Involve in Efforts to ImproveYour School and Student Academic Achievement?
Someof the community-based organizations that I will seek to include arethe religious and business enterprises. Most children share a strongbond with their religious leaders(Redding et al., 2011). As such, the religious leaders can offer meaningful insights on whatis preventing specific children from attaining their full potential. On the other hand, business organizations play a crucial role inenhancing the students’ learning outcomes. For instance, businessentities can report students who are engaging in risky behaviors suchas binge smoking(Redding et al., 2011).
HowWill You Ensure That Your School Complies With Federal Mandates forParental Involvement?
First,I will ensure that all information communicated to parents isdelivered in a language that every one of them can understand.Secondly, I can ensure that the school has an explicit policyregarding parent’s involvement that every teacher has to follow. Thirdly, I can ensure that all teachers are provided with thetechnical and financial resources they need to participate incommunity engagement.
Inconclusion, research has identified parental involvement as one ofthe most important factors that determines whether or not childrenwill attain their full academic potential. Community involvementrequires that teachers should train parents and the community on howthey can get involved in the education and personal lives of theirchildren. On the other hand, parents should avail themselves toattend school meetings and learn how they can join hands with theteachers to help their students achieve the best they can.
McAlister,S. (2013). Why Community Engagement Matters in SchoolTurnaround. Voicesin Urban Education, 36,35-42.
Redding,S., Murphy, M., & Sheley, P. (Eds.). (2012). Handbookon family and community engagement.IAP.