#FLEdChat Archive

#FLedchat is a virtual meeting place using Twitter. Educators across the state of Florida come together on Wednesdays at 8pm EST to discuss the topics of the week.

Wednesday December 5, 2018
8:00 PM EST

  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:01 PM EST
    Good Evening, #FLedChat I'm Tammy from Suwannee County. Tonight we will be discussing Parent Involvement. Please introduce yourselves.
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:02 PM EST
    Hi #FLedChat! Kristin from St. Augustine, FL. Ed Tech Coach for Flagler County Schools.
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:05 PM EST
    Hey, Kristin! #FLedChat
    In reply to @KristinCHarr
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:06 PM EST
    Hey Tammy! #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:06 PM EST
    My favorite topic! Parent from far-colder Connecticut here. @ParentCamp Board. Will join while I can. #FLedchat
    • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:01 PM EST
      Good Evening, #FLedChat I'm Tammy from Suwannee County. Tonight we will be discussing Parent Involvement. Please introduce yourselves.
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:07 PM EST
    Welcome to sunny Florida. It's supposed to drop into the 20's here in North Florida. #FLedChat
    In reply to @JeremyDBond, @ParentCamp
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:09 PM EST
    Oof! 29 here at the moment. #FLedchat
    In reply to @TG_Neil, @ParentCamp
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:09 PM EST
    Our first question will be here before... #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:10 PM EST
    #FLEdChat
    In reply to @PMcPeake1, @ParentCamp
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:11 PM EST
    ** Q1 ** How does your school/district define Parent Involvement? #FLedChat
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:15 PM EST
    A1: Not sure I've ever seen it defined before...more like guidelines to support Parent Involvement. #FLedChat
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  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:16 PM EST
    A1) You know, I'm still looking for this. Feel like it's mentioned in the elementary school newsletter... not sure if our high school uses the same philosophy. #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:16 PM EST
    I think it's that way for most districts. Maybe we need to know what we are really wanting. #FLedChat
    In reply to @KristinCHarr
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:17 PM EST
    So how do you define it? #FLedChat
    In reply to @JeremyDBond
  • caseyswift87 Dec 5 @ 8:17 PM EST
    Swifty here from Martin County!! Hey everyone! #FLedChat
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:18 PM EST
    Hey, Casey! Welcome back! #FLedChat
    In reply to @caseyswift87
  • PMcPeake1 Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
    Paula from Ky. I don’t feel like there’s a definition either. Districts can try to define involve and engage but I think it’s about how parents choose to be part of their kids education. #fledchat
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
    A1b: I think it can happen from home, and doesn't require coming into school (although that helps). It can be as easy as being present and supporting your child's education. #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
    First I change "parental involvement" to "family engagement." It's whether families feel invested in the school, not just the relative success of their own kids. It's not always something you see (such as physical presence). #FLedChat
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
    Hi Casey! #FLedChat
    In reply to @caseyswift87
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:20 PM EST
    Question 2 is on it's merry way. #FLedChat
  • caseyswift87 Dec 5 @ 8:21 PM EST
    A1: one of my job titles is “Parent & Volunteer Coordinator”... and even I don’t think we have anything set in stone. We have very high parental involvement and try to provide as many opportunities as possible. #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:21 PM EST
    Notice the word "choose" here. Parent involvement is typically defined by people other than parents. That makes it a questionable measure. #FLedChat
    • PMcPeake1 Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
      Paula from Ky. I don’t feel like there’s a definition either. Districts can try to define involve and engage but I think it’s about how parents choose to be part of their kids education. #fledchat
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:21 PM EST
    Great definition! I like how you included the entire school and not only support of their individual child. #FLedChat
    • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
      First I change "parental involvement" to "family engagement." It's whether families feel invested in the school, not just the relative success of their own kids. It's not always something you see (such as physical presence). #FLedChat
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:22 PM EST
    Yes, I remember parents apologizing up and down because they worked or had young children at home. Some even begged me to send home crafts for them to cut out because they wanted to show their support :). #FLedChat
    • PMcPeake1 Dec 5 @ 8:21 PM EST
      Some parents don’t understand that and feel guilty for not being able to be present.
      In reply to @KristinCHarr
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:22 PM EST
    ** Q2 ** What are some ways parents can choose to be involved with your school/district? (Thanks Paula and Jeremy) #FLedChat
  • DennisDill Dec 5 @ 8:23 PM EST
    Parent involvement ... not sure how it is defined, but I know when I call I want them to answer ... i don't necessarily need them in my classroom, but I want them to care about their kids academic success. Not be hands off. #FLedchat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:23 PM EST
    Thanks. Unless there's neglect, families ALWAYS care about their kids. Some are intimidated by or disconnected from the school, and that's often (inaccurately) seen as indifferent. #FLedChat
    • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:21 PM EST
      Great definition! I like how you included the entire school and not only support of their individual child. #FLedChat
      • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:19 PM EST
        First I change "parental involvement" to "family engagement." It's whether families feel invested in the school, not just the relative success of their own kids. It's not always something you see (such as physical presence). #FLedChat
  • mexusmx Dec 5 @ 8:23 PM EST
    John from Mexico City but tweeting from the @OurFLIBS Conference in #StPetersburg so it seemed appropriate to join in with #FLedChat
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:24 PM EST
    Welcome, John! Feel free to join us anytime, not just when you're in our beautiful state. #FLedChat
    In reply to @mexusmx, @OurFLIBS
  • caseyswift87 Dec 5 @ 8:24 PM EST
    A2: I send out a newsletter at least once a month and emails in between whenever an opportunity arises. We also have weekly parent workshop and daily parents in the library helping to shelve books. We are very blessed with our volunteers. #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:24 PM EST
    How does "hands off" mean "not caring"? #FLedChat
    • DennisDill Dec 5 @ 8:23 PM EST
      Parent involvement ... not sure how it is defined, but I know when I call I want them to answer ... i don't necessarily need them in my classroom, but I want them to care about their kids academic success. Not be hands off. #FLedchat
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:24 PM EST
    A2: Volunteer with reading or math practice, Media Center volunteer (shelving books, etc.). Mentor to other students. PTO and organizing fundraisers/events #FLedChat
  • mexusmx Dec 5 @ 8:25 PM EST
    Thanks, Tammy! Will do. #fledchat
    In reply to @TG_Neil, @OurFLIBS
  • DennisDill Dec 5 @ 8:27 PM EST
    It doesn't ... you're trying to read way to much into the tweet. It is possible to care about your child but not really care about their academic success ... many parents love their children but academics just is not a priority. #fledchat
    In reply to @JeremyDBond
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:27 PM EST
    A2) Take opportunities to meet your kids' teachers. Ask how you can help. Read communications. Attend PTO meetings now and then. If the school is sharing what they're doing, help share: online/social media and word of mouth--be a positive voice on behalf of the school. #FLedChat
    • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:22 PM EST
      ** Q2 ** What are some ways parents can choose to be involved with your school/district? (Thanks Paula and Jeremy) #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:27 PM EST
    Nice! #FLedChat
    In reply to @caseyswift87
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:27 PM EST
    #FLedChat Very important to be able to have that conversation and be pro-active. #FLedChat
    • PMcPeake1 Dec 5 @ 8:25 PM EST
      A2 It’s easy in elementary but in MS it’s harder to find your place. I went in to see the principal and just laid my cards on the table. I said, I don’t know what I want but I want involvement with the students.
      In reply to @TG_Neil
  • DennisDill Dec 5 @ 8:28 PM EST
    My parents loved me, but they just wanted me to pass and not get into trouble ... I succeeded at one of those. #fledchat
    In reply to @JeremyDBond
  • PMcPeake1 Dec 5 @ 8:29 PM EST
    The schools in our District are all different. Some have all the volunteers they could hope for and with others it’s the same handful of people.#fledchat
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:29 PM EST
    Next question will be here before the next PTO meeting can be announced. #FLedChat
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  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:30 PM EST
    ** Q3 ** How can a parent safely be engaged with students outside of school? (Not just their own students, but others as well.) #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:32 PM EST
    I get that. i was asking how being hands off means they don't care about their academic success, either. What is the family's philosophy (or culture) about their level of involvement? Do teachers know what convos happen at home? Do academics=specific school involvement? #FLedChat
    In reply to @DennisDill
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:34 PM EST
    Can you clarify what you're getting at with "safely"? #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:35 PM EST
    Not open to inappropriate interactions. #FLedChat
    In reply to @JeremyDBond
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:38 PM EST
    A3) Volunteer to lead something, or help with something, and make sure there's accountability with who's leading the effort. Make it a formal position. #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:38 PM EST
    Parents don't only have to be engaged with students at school. Where are some other places/activities where parents can support the community without being at school? #FLedChat
  • mexusmx Dec 5 @ 8:38 PM EST
    A3: Parents need to be in communication with each other to avoid misunderstandings. Ideally they would be actively participating in workshops organized by the school or the PTO #FLedChat
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:39 PM EST
    A3: My Mother-In-Law once helped create a Student Support program through her local church. She found tutors for the kids and made sure they were vetted so other parents didn't have to worry. #FLedChat
  • WesleyJames828 Dec 5 @ 8:40 PM EST
    Schools should seize any & all opportunities to help parents better understand the possibilities w/ the technology in our schools. The biggest challenge w/ tech is generational- the “older” generation (parents & teachers) being uncomfortable w/ the tech thats out there. #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:41 PM EST
    Funny, I was thinking of that tonight while my daughter was in ballet class. I'm part of the Nutcracker production this year and was enjoying watching the kids interacting in the hall but thought, how social can I be? I'm not their teacher; I don't know their parents. #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:41 PM EST
    Yes!!! #FLedChat
    • AmalIbourk Dec 5 @ 8:41 PM EST
      After school programs, informal science learning settings, Boys and Girls club, science museums, museums in general
      In reply to @TG_Neil
  • PMcPeake1 Dec 5 @ 8:42 PM EST
    A3 We have great parks and libraries that offer various activities for all ages. We’ve taken advantage of many. #fledchat
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:42 PM EST
    I want to thank everyone for jumping into #FLedChat tonight. We will be back to this topic next month to continue talking about Parent Involvement/Engagement.
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:43 PM EST
    YES YES YES -- with a slight tweak that discomfort with tech isn't strictly generational. Plenty of closed-minded young people and innovative older ones. #FLedChat
    • WesleyJames828 Dec 5 @ 8:40 PM EST
      Schools should seize any & all opportunities to help parents better understand the possibilities w/ the technology in our schools. The biggest challenge w/ tech is generational- the “older” generation (parents & teachers) being uncomfortable w/ the tech thats out there. #FLedChat
  • TG_Neil - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:43 PM EST
    Until next week, #FLedChat hopes your week is full of encouragement and success. Have a great night.
  • KristinCHarr - Moderator Dec 5 @ 8:43 PM EST
    Thanks Tammy! #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:43 PM EST
    Workshops for parents? If it's something of interest? #FLedChat
    In reply to @mexusmx
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:44 PM EST
    I know... our own experience is complicated. Always appreciate your perspective. #FLedChat
    In reply to @DennisDill
  • caseyswift87 Dec 5 @ 8:45 PM EST
    Thanks @TG_Neil!!!! Have a great night everyone! Stay warm North Florida!!! #FLedChat
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:45 PM EST
    Great! (Is it not a whole hour?) #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil
  • JeremyDBond Dec 5 @ 8:46 PM EST
    Wonderful! #FLedChat
    In reply to @TG_Neil