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Strategies for Increasing Parent Engagement in Schools


1. Research shows that parent engagement in schools is closely linked to:

A. Better student behavior

B. Higher academic achievement

C. Enhanced social skills

D. All of the above

How Can School Staff Increase Parent Engagement in School Health?

2. The primary motivation for parents to become involved in their child's education appears to be a belief that their actions will improve their children’s learning and:

A. Well-being

B. Social Development

C. Motivation

D. School behavior

Figure 1: Parent Engagement

3. To increase parent engagement in school health, schools must make a positive connection with parents, provide a variety of activities and frequent opportunities to fully engage parents, and sustain parent engagement by addressing the common challenges to getting and keeping parents engaged.

A. True

B. False


4. Teachers may work on connecting with parents by involving them in students' health education homework or by reaching out to uninvolved parents.

A. True

B. False

Engage-Provide Parental Support

5. School staff should recruit well respected community members to lead and organize educational opportunities for parents, as parents will be more likely to be receptive and willing to participate.

A. True

B. False

Communicate With Parents

6. One way that staff can enhance communication with parents about health and education is to create opportunities at school for parents to share important aspects of their ______, needs, and expectations related to the health of their children.

A. Values

B. Goals

C. Culture

D. Beliefs

Support Learning at Home

7. Schools are encouraged to host discussions at open houses, back-to-school nights, at parent meetings, and during parent-teacher conferences about how parents can support healthy behaviors at home.

A. True

B. False

Encourage Parents to Be Part of Decision Making at School

8. Examples of ways school staff can engage parents in decision making for schools include each of the following EXCEPT:

A. Involve parents in decisions when developing school health policies, emergency and safety plans, and health and safety messages

B. Create policies that institutionalize parent representation on decision-making groups, such as school health councils

C. Give parents who have children with special health care needs opportunities to help develop or shape staff professional development events

D. Involve parents in choosing language arts curricula with the help of tools such as the English/Language Arts Curriculum Analysis Tool

Story From the Field

9. The Action for Healthy Kids Project was a successful program developed in Kansas that provided information and answered questions about how to keep school safety initiatives active in the district, evaluate and monitor the policies, and get involved in overall school safety.

A. True

B. False

Collaborate With the Community

10. In order to collaborate with the community to promote parent engagement, schools should make facilities available for use by community organizations that will host activities for students and their parents outside of school hours.

A. True

B. False

Solutions For Six Common Challenges to Sustaining Parent Engagement

11. Which of the following is NOT one of the recommended suggestions to help parents feel more comfortable at school activities?

A. Promote the training and use of student peer leaders and mentors

B. Encourage teachers to schedule a first interaction with parents specifically with a positive, pro-student purpose

C. Provide continuing education opportunities for parents

D. Allow students to serve as greeters at school-sponsored parent meetings and activities

12. In order to reduce barriers to understanding information, it is suggested that school officials avoid using professional jargon with families and prepare materials and provide information at the ________ reading level or lower.

A. 7th grade

B. 8th grade

C. 9th grade

D. 10th grade

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