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May 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Parents at school: Studies probe what helps and what doesn’t

Parent mentor Pedro Rodriguez works with a group of students in Jessica Dye's first-grade classroom at Avondale Elementary School in Chicago. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times 2013.

Parent mentor Pedro Rodriguez works with a group of students in Jessica Dye’s first-grade classroom at Avondale Elementary School in Chicago. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times 2013.

Two new studies of parent involvement dig deeper than many earlier ones into when  and how  parent involvement at school helps raise student achievement.

As we reported in an Education Lab story about a parent mentor program in Chicago, there is a lot of research backing the notion that parents can help their students academically. But many studies use different, and sometimes very broad, definitions of what parent involvement means, making it hard to determine exactly what works best.

These two studies tackled that question in different ways  and came to different conclusions.

The latest, released earlier this month, made headlines by concluding that most parent involvement doesn’t work  even helping with homework.

The two authors said their results, gleaned from decades of parent surveys, made them question whether schools should court parent involvement as a way to reduce the achievement gap.


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December 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Your voices: Readers share local examples of parents and schools working together

Earlier this month, we asked readers to share their examples of parents and teachers working together in the Puget Sound region. The request was tied to our Dec. 8 story about a renowned parent mentor program in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. We tried something a little different with this Question of the Week, using the  More

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December 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Rewind: View a replay of Tuesday’s chat on parent engagement

Did you miss our live chat on family engagement and the Logan Square parent mentor program? Scroll through below to see a recap. Our participants: Joanna Brown, lead education organizer for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Monica Espinoza, former parent mentor and current mentor coordinator at Burbank Elementary in Chicago Pachomius Schmidt, Federal Way teacher Linda Shaw, Seattle Times…


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December 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Sunday story: Lessons for locals on power of parents in schools

On their first day of training, one mother after another paused in the classroom doorway, unsure where to sit or whether signing up for this highly regarded parent program was a good idea after all. Trainer Monica Soto-Espinoza had anticipated their doubts. Six years ago, she was just like many of them — a mother with limited…


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December 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Video: Chicago mentor program benefits parents and students alike

A community group in northwest Chicago has turned hundreds of hesitant parents into capable classroom helpers, role models and leaders by tapping into strengths many don’t realize they have. Check out the video below to see the Logan Square parent mentor program in action. On Sunday, pick up a copy of The Seattle Times or More

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