National Parental Involvement Day shows parents’ impact in education

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Nov. 19, 2015 marks the 20th annual National Parental Involvement Day, established by Project Appleseed to recognize the extraordinary impact that public school parents have made in shaping America.

Dallas ISD “highlights the powerful contributions of parents, guardians and other caregivers of our students throughout the year in a variety of ways, including our parent recognition in May, which is usually attended by hundreds of parents,” said Mari-Carmen Eroles, Manager of the Office of Family and Community Engagement. “We know that parents get involved in their children’s education in a variety of ways, and we encourage them to participate in ways that are meaningful and appropriate to their families.”

Getting involved in your child’s education has been shown to dramatically increase the chances of academic success. This annual day of recognition serves as not only a celebration of currently involved parents, but also a reminder to seek out ways to make a difference. Check with your student’s teacher or the office in their school to see how you can help.

Students also need to know that learning doesn’t only happen in a classroom. Helping them seek out opportunities to experience new places, people and ideas, whether that’s going to a museum or spending time talking to a community leader. Finding a passion and a mentor can open a child’s world.

Noted Eroles, “Not all parents have the flexibility to volunteer at school, but they have time to motivate their children and have conversations about their learning that support academic success.”

Be sure to visit the Dallas ISD Parents Facebook page on Nov. 19, to see the messages of encouragement.

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