Parents, schools want more meaningful relationships
CIS affiliates are bridging the gap between families, schools through positive relationships
As the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, CIS recognizes the effect that caring people with access to timely information can have on the lives of students across the country. We believe that continuous evaluation and learning will help us support families across the United States.
Recent results of the
PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
found that parents want to be more involved in the process of their students' success. A full 40% of parents said the school only occasionally gives them opportunities to visit, and fewer than half of parents said schools have given them a chance to provide insight into how things are done at their school.
According to multiple sources, when parents are intentionally engaged in their school, the performance of all children at the school tends to improve. One of the best ways to engage parents is to ensure that they have positive relationships with the school - in other words, they trust school staff, feel that they are welcome in the school, and have positive experiences interacting with school staff members.
recent internal research by Communities In Schools
, though 85% of principals in our network indicate that a lack of parent involvement has been a serious or moderate problem in their community, CIS affiliates are addressing the problem by working creatively to involve parents.
to read more from CIS National's Director of Research Megan Grimaldi.