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This Week's #PTChat - Engaging More Dads in Schools

By Joe Mazza

PTChatFathers can initiate or participate in activities that help their children succeed academically. Helping children learn can increase success in school. The nature and frequency with which parents interact in positive ways with their children reflect the parents' investment in their children's education (NCES, 2000).

It's important to remember up front that both sensitivity and self-confidence are greater than any specific skills in paternal behavior and influence. Sensitivity is critical to both involvement and closeness. The closeness of the father-child relationship is the crucial determinant of the dad's impact on a child's development and adjustment. Developing sensitivity enables a dad to evaluate his child's signals or needs, and respond to them appropriately. (Abramovitch in Lamb, 1997).

J. Michael Hall, M.Ed. is the Founder and President of Strong Fathers-Strong Families, LLC. He has facilitated father-child events in schools and Head Starts for over 100,000 fathers, trained thousands of professionals in education and child care and has written numerous magazine articles and book chapters. He is the father to two teenage boys and husband to a beautiful middle school teacher. Learn more on the Strong Fathers website, join the conversation on Facebook and follow Mike on Twitter.

Join us on Wednesday, May 23rd at 9PM EDT as parents and educators share their best ideas on how to best engage Dads in schools. Before you finalize your calendars, make sure you've purposefully differentiated for all members of your children's families. Together, we'll specifically plan to engage more Dads in 2012-2013.

For more information, here are some steps that fathers can take at home, at school and in the community that make a positive difference for their children's education. They have been compiled on the Department of Education's Fathers in Education Resource Page.


Posted on May 20, 2012 by Joe Mazza

Joe is an elementary principal at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a doctoral learner at the University of Pennsylvania studying technology's impact on home-school partnerships. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Joe_Mazza and participate in a weekly #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat) he hosts on Wednesdays at 9PM EST. He also writes a blog aimed to share innovative family engagement ideas for schools called eFACE Today. 

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