Parent Involvement Survey

September 11, 2011

Lawrence Public Schools

Dear Friends:


A Parent Involvement Committee that I chair is trying to create a survey that would be taken by teacher and staff of the Lawrence Public School system. Before we put it out we would like to hear your thoughts. Please comment if you think one of the questions could be better worded or if you have some other ideas.

Questions for Survey

1 – What times do you try to reach parents for meetings?
2 – On average how many times do you meet with a parent in a school year? 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11+
3 – How is attendance at this meetings? Excellent, Great, Fair, Poor
4 – How would you rate parental involvement at your school? Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor

5 – How important is parental involvement to your students‟ scholastic achievement? Extremely Important/Very Important/Important/Slightly Important/No Effect

6- What do you feel are the three most common reasons for lack of parental involvement at your school?

Parents have to little time
Parents have different priorities
parents not knowing how to contribute
Low education level of parents
Parents just don’t care
Lack of resources
Transportation
Childcare
Language barrier
Cultural Isolation of Parents
Parents feeling overwhelmed, intimidated or unwelcome at school
Social isolation of parents

7- Rank the most effective ways to communicate with parents: 1-13

Face to Face Meetings at School
Telephone:
E-Mail:
Face to Face Meetings at Students Home
School Newsletter
Written Communication mailed to students home
Relay verbal messages through students
School Website
Daily assigment book/notebook prearranged for communication
Classroom Newsletter
Frequest progress reports, grade cards, mid-terms, on-line grade system
Required Parent Conferences
Weekly Individualized report 


8- How often are these tools used in the classroom or your school?
Face to Face Meetings at School: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Telephone: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

E-Mail: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Face to Face Meetings at Students Home: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

School Newsletter: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Written Communication mailed to students home: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Relay verbal messages through students: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

School Website: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Daily assigment book/notebook prearranged for communication: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Classroom Newsletter: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Request progress reports, grade cards, mid-terms, on-line grade system: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Required Parent Conferences: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

Weekly Individualized report: Very often, Often, Sometimes, Never

9- In what areas are Parent Liaisons in your school helpful?
10- How could the school administration be more helpful ?
11- Do you have any ideas on how the school and/or school system can improve parent involvement?

The following are questions that will not be on the Survey but that we are planning on asking the Principal of each school to answer.

1) Does your school offer trainings to parents? What trainings do you offer?
2) Are there any family enrichment activities available for the parents?
3) What types of resources are available that parents can use to better support their children?
4) Do you have a parent information desk?
5) How are administrators in your school accessible to parents?
6) How teachers make parents aware of student’s homework and grades?
7) What type of topics are discussed in meetings with parents? How long are these meetings?
8) Does your school have an incentive to motivate parents to come? If so what is it?
9) How many parents are involved in the PTO? How effective is it? What do they need to do a better job? Are trainings provided for them? If so what type of trainings?


Pavel M. Payano – Lawrence School Committee Member
https://www.facebook.com/PavelPayano

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About pavelpayano

Pavel Payano graduated with a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. After graduation he became the Outreach Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. He served in this role until 2007 when he joined the staff of Congresswoman Tsongas becoming her Special Assistant and Immigration Specialist. In June 2011 he graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Masters of Science in Public Affairs. Mr. Payano is an active member of the Lawrence community; in 2010 he co-founded the Greater Lawrence Young Professionals Network, an organization that hopes to bridge the gap between local government, business leaders and young professionals who care about the development and well being of the greater Lawrence communities. He is also serving his second term as a Lawrence School Committee member.

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2 Comments on “Parent Involvement Survey”

  1. Mrs.German Says:

    How do we complete this survey? Do you want us to copy & paste it into an email and send it to you? Lorena

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  2. Pavel M. Payano Says:

    No at the moment I would just like comments and critiques on the survey itself. Like do the questions seem ok? Should I add questions to it or take questions out of it. For the administrator piece am I missing any important questions that might give us a better insight to the issue of parent involvement.Once I receive those initial comments are done I will work on getting this to staff towards the end of september/beginning of october.Comments can be posted here or emailed to me ppayano@gmail.com

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