Professional Articles

The following articles are written by parent educators, psychologists, counselors, teachers, school administrators, and other professional advocates for increasing parent involvement and building family-school-community partnerships.  To submit an article for publication, please see our submittal guidelines.

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Will Your Child Be Prepared for Careers That Donít Yet Exist
Susan Kruger, M.Ed.
In order to give children a competitive advantage in this Information Age and global economy, we must teach them how to learn strategically -- to organize themselves, process new information efficiently, make critical decisions about that information and access it at a later time. Learn why these skills are critical for your children.

Developing the Fully-Engaged Parent: A Model for Understanding Parent Involvement in Education
Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., Susan Grijalva
This model, developed through work with over thirty schools participating in ParentNet, depicts the relationship between schools and parents by defining five categories of parental involvement. Each category is discussed; showing how various types of involvement contributes to the success of the school community and to student success. A new way of understanding the relationship of parents and schools, the authors urge a paradigm shift in thinking how to build collaborative partnerships.

Parent Engagement or Parent Involvement?
Larry Ferlazzo
An excerpt from Larry Feriazzo's book, Building Parent Engagement in Schools," this article points out important differences between "involvement" and "engagement." When "engagement" is the dominant process, schools support students by developing parent relationships and work with parents to improve their local communities.

How Do You Know if You're Really Open to Partnership?
Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D.
The authors of "Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships," share four core beliefs about parents and schools, discuss why partnerships are important, and ask the essential question, "How do you know you are open to partnership?" This article, excerpted with permission from their successful book, is filled with thoughtful concepts, excellent examples, and ways to remove the barriers to creating family-school partnerships that work.

ParentNet as a Community of Practice
Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D.
Written by ParentNet co-founder Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., this article describes how Etienne Wenger's social learning theory and his concept of "communities of practice" has profound impact on understanding how parents, schools, and communities learn from one another to generate knowledge that benefits children's growth and development. After many years of trying to define ParentNet and its impact on school communities, it is now clear that it is what Wenger calls a "community of practice," a natural and essential part of how we learn as parents.

Help! My Child is Gifted! The Importance of Parental Understanding and Support
Paula J. Hillmann, Ph.D.
Gifted students need parental involvement and support too! This article describes the characteristics of gifted learners, provides examples of the areas where exceptional abilities often occur, describes what to look for in schools and programs for advanced learners, and presents ways of becoming an engaged, collaborative parent.

Does Discipline Really Change the Behavior of Children?
Mark Lakewood, CEO, MSW
Discipline was never intended to have an effect on children. The thoughts that children experience (free will) resulting from the discipline is the only thing that can effect behavior change. Mark Lakewood, a distinguished parenting expert, author, and speaker with over 20 years of clinical experience as a family therapist provides insightful advice on child discipline.

Bullying Prevention Skills and Techniques for Children
Mark Lakewood
The answer to the issue of child bullying rests within us, especially the victims of bullying. Victims of bullying are never responsible for being bullied. On the contrary, victims of child bullying have the power in themselves to think, behave, and react in ways that limit or eradicates bullying. Mark Lakewood, a distinguished bullying prevention expert, author, and speaker with over 20 years of clinical experience as a family therapist provides insightful advice on child bullying.

Parent Involvement in High School: A Guide for Latino Parents
Mariela Dabbah
Mariela Dabbah, author of numerous books on Latino parent involvement, bridges the cultural divide, helping parents understand their roles in the American school system and in the education of their child. This article, excerpted with permission from her successful book, "Help Children Succeed in High School and Go to College," teaches Latinos how to support their children in high school by identifying mentors, keeping channels of communication open, helping with the choice of courses, etc.

Get Your Child to Listen the First Time!
Toni Schutta, M.A., L.P.
Being an involved parent means paying attention to how you can become a better parent! You may be contributing to why your child doesn't listen. Written by Parent Coach and Licensed Psychologist, Toni Schutta, this article provides five reasons why kids tend to ignore their parentsí requests and helpful solutions for turning their behavior around.

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