Ways parents can stay involved
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY POST SIGNAL
CROWLEY – Whether your child is just beginning kindergarten, or entering the final year of high school, there are hundreds of good reasons and opportunities for parents to get involved in their children’s education. Many years of research demonstrates that parent involvement in children’s learning is positively related to achievement. Thus, the more intensively involved the parent, the more beneficial are the achievement effects. This holds true for all types of parent involvement and for students of all ages.
With the beginning of the school year at hand, parents are reminded that resources are available to them, no matter how busy their schedule may be, at a few touches of the fingertips. Mrs. Antoinette Pete, coordinator of Parent Involvement for the Acadia Parish School Board, suggests, “ Any parent who has access to the internet can go to the Acadia website for beneficial information.”
To utilize the many features of the website, first you must access the School Board’s hyperlink at http://www.acadia.k12.la.us. Two primary web sites for parents to use are Parent Command Center and OnCourse, and each offers step by step instructions for cooperative use.
Parents may check students’ grades, attendance, which is accessible only by parents under the Parent Command Center link.
Another link, called OnCourse, can be found off of the Parent’s Web Page. This site features the name of each public school in Acadia Parish. Through clicking on students’ school name, the site lists in alphabetical order the names of each teacher. Each includes pertinent information, such as classroom policies, supply lists, homework and events for each class taught, and contact information that includes the best time for contact. Also, a direct link to the state department’s website for LEAP remediation skills is accessible.
“Parents can also click on the section to view the Parents Make the Difference Newsletter, which is provided by the Title 1 Federal Programs Department,” informs Ms. Pete.
Also, involvement in a child’s education includes such daily routines as reading to/with them, checking their homework, limiting television watching, and discussing your child’s progress with teachers.
Some parents are able to be involved in many ways. Others may only have time for one or two activities. Whatever your level of involvement, try to maintain consistency and stick with it. This will make an important difference in your child’s life.