PTA Family Engagement Definition
Georgia PTA believes family engagement is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage families in meaningful ways and in which families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning and development. Family engagement is continuous across a child’s life and entails enduring commitment but changing parent roles as children mature into young adulthood. Effective family engagement cuts across and reinforces learning in the multiple settings where children learn at home, in pre-kindergarten programs, in school, in after school programs, in faith-based institutions and in the community.
State BOE Unanimously Approves First Statewide Parent Engagement Resolution!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 was an historical day for Georgia. At the State Board of Education Meeting in Atlanta, board members voted unanimously to adopt the “Parent Engagement Resolution”, the first of its kind in our great state. This resolution and statement on parent engagement urges all local school officials to use them (resolution and statement) as a guide in developing local school and district plans and policies.
Several members of the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, and members of the Georgia PTA Family Engagement and Legislative Committees were in attendance. Immediate Past President Donna Kosicki spoke in support of the Parent Engagement Resolution, citing “The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships are identified by states, around this country, as the qualitative assessment data that schools, parents and community need to include, along with quantitative date, when determining the programs, projects and events that drive measurable priorities for increasing student achievement to be used in the classroom and in the local school community.”
State Chair Wanda Barrs declared, “This is really a beginning…of a real focus on the partnership (between school and home). Two important questions parents and teachers should ask each other is ‘How can I help you help my child be successful?’ and ‘How can I help you to help your child be successful?'”
Together we, school – parents – community, can work together to better understand the value and benefits of and the connection to effective engagement and academic achievement for all children.
To watch the web cast of the State Board of Education Meeting, go to http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/State-Board-of-Education/Pages/Meetings-Minutes-and-Webcasts.aspx. To watch the approval of the Parent Engagement, move the time (at the bottom of the screen) to 1:00 (one hour into the SBOE meeting). This entire portion is approximately 27 minutes long.
To learn more about training and strategies for effective engagement in the classroom and in the local school community, contact Angel Little, Family Engagement Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three for Me
Three for Me is a PTA program designed to effectively involve parents and families in support of children and their education. Three for Me will help schools, PTAs, parent groups, and other volunteer based organizations reach volunteer hours never thought possible. Learn how to tap into the many talents and skills that parents are happy to offer. Learn more…
Family Engagement Resources
A user’s guide to the Georgia PTA resources listed below. Offers explanations, implementation ideas, and background information to help you use these tools to enhance your diversity efforts.
National PTA Standards for Family School PartnershipsPTA’s process for building successful partnerships starts with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and consists of six steps:
For a more detailed explanation of the six standards click here.
- Georgia PTA Family Engagement Newsletters
- Spring 2011, Issue 3
- Winter 2010, Issue 2
- Fall 2010, Issue 1
- National PTA Family Engagement Resources
- Georgia PTA Parent Involvement Pamphlet
- Parent and Family Involvement Guide
- Georgia PTA Parent Survey (English version – Word file)
- Georgia PTA Parent Survey (Spanish version – Word file)
- The Model PTA