'This very accessible book is filled with practical, doable activities and ideas that will enhance the learning of students by involving parents in a respectful, meaningful, and productive ways' - Judy Chapman, District Principal, Curriculum Instruction & Assessment, School District GBP34, Abbotsford, BC 'Dr. Boult has written the ultimate guide for helping school administrators and teachers create an effective partnership with parents. Any educational stakeholder (parent, teacher, administrator) will benefit from its content' - Connie Brownell, Teacher, Lester B. Pearson School Board, Montreal, QC Would you like to see children score significantly higher on reading tests? Stay in school longer? Excel in academics? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone! These goals, obtainable and achievable, are directly linked to parent involvement. By taking a committed role in their children's education, parents make a direct, positive impact on academic achievement. With decades of research to support this claim, 176 Ways to Involve Parents, Second Edition, presents ready-to-use ideas to fully engage parents in the school community. Containing numerous new strategies for building bridges between school and families, this updated edition provides practical ways to: o Welcome parents as vital members of the school community o Sustain ongoing communication with families o Include parents in school governance o Develop parent volunteer programs o Foster shared ownership of the educational process By including parents as educational partners, schools can create a rich environment that fosters positive student self-esteem and academic success.