Schoolbus Heaven (Photo credit: Kevin Labianco)

Here’s a great article that covers some of the highlights from the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher that came out earlier in the year.

Here’s my take:

  • The article says that parental engagement has been steadily increasing since 1988. Though this is good news, it would be nice if we were given more specific statistics about the change in parental engagement in schools. How much of a role have the changing roles of technology played in this transition?
  • It would be nice to see more data about which kinds of parental engagement have been increasing. The article mentions “parents visiting schools” and students talking with parents about schools, but what about PTA meetings, Parent-teacher conferences, and fundraiser volunteering?
  • It’s important to remember that parental engagement in schools helps both students and teachers achieve success. One point the article made: teachers are more likely to enjoy their place of work if the parents there make sure to stay engaged in school events.

Do you think parents are more engaged now than they were 20 years ago? How can we improve engagement in schools? Let us know in the comments!