Overview of Parent Resources*
To achieve sustainable change in the quality of education for the children of our community there must be a renewed commitment and increased consistent engagement of three critical stakeholders: Students, Parent/Family Members and Schools. To reinforce this commitment, the Chicago Urban League recommends establishing an “Educational Partnership Agreement” which aligns the responsibilities and expectations of each stakeholder.
Parent involvement matters: Building parent involvement is the single most important thing that parent groups do. Often, it's the most difficult, too. And that's too bad because there are many compelling reasons why parents—all parents—should get involved in their children's education. If you're having trouble building involvement, the problem might be that you're not making the right argument. You simply need better ammunition.
A common way to think about getting people involved is to counter their objections. People say they don't have time, so you make it clear you only need them for an hour or two. People don't feel comfortable at school, so you work to make it more welcoming. Schedules won't allow busy people to come to the school, so you find ways they can contribute from home.