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201 Ways to Involve Parents

201 Ways to Involve Parents
Practical Strategies for Partnering With Families

Third Edition
  • Betty Boult - Educational Consultant, British Columbia

April 2016 | 160 pages | Corwin

Proactively Develop Parental Involvement for Students’ Growth and Achievement

Years of research and practice show that connecting with families positively impacts student achievement. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is packed with realistic and ready-to-use ideas to help teachers and administrators actively engage parents as educational partners. This new edition includes current research on the impact of parent involvement in the school community, offers numerous new strategies, and provides expanded coverage of ways to build bridges between schools and diverse families, including:

  • Innovative ways to sustain ongoing communication with families
  • Ideas for welcoming parents as vital members of the school community
  • Strategies for including parents in school governance
  • Techniques for developing parent volunteer programs, and more

Start today to strengthen your classroom and school by working collaboratively with caregivers!

Publisher’s Acknowledgments
About the Author
Part 1 – Making It Happen
Starting the School Year

Supporting the Whole Family

Creating Safe Havens for Students

Recruiting Volunteers

Meeting the Needs of Volunteers

Training Volunteers

Developing Staff

Placing and Supporting Volunteers

Acknowledging Volunteers

Part 2 – Creating the Climate
Projecting a Positive Image

Marketing the Message

Using Technology to Communicate

Communicating Effectively

Creating the Context for Change

Part 3 – Sustaining the Involvement
Celebrating Diversity

Using Community Resources

Developing Community Relationships

Promoting Learning Across the Curriculum

Building Character

Talking Person to Person


Part 4 – Venturing Beyond the Bake Sale
Establishing Connections

Cross-Fertilizing Ideas

Fostering Effective Advisory Councils

Developing Parent Capacity

District Initiatives: Setting the Example


"Equal parts instructional and inspirational, this little gem has been an important part of my toolkit since I came across the first edition a decade ago. Dr. Boult's imperative to involve parents so comprehensively in their children's education makes so much sense, and the variety of strategies she offers range from the practical to the imaginative. 201 Ways to Involve Parents is a wonderful resource for both classroom teachers and school administrators."

Lee Smith, Principal
Sino-Canada High School

"With Betty's vast and varied experience in education, she brings a breadth of knowledge and understanding to the important subject of parents as partners."

Judy Chapman, Educational Consultant
Vancouver, British Columbia

"When I used this book with the members of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) in my inner city elementary school, their executive immediately embraced it as a way to better understand the important role they played.  Because of this, instead of using the PAC monthly meetings as a platform to complain, they used them to work with my staff and me to positively and proactively influence the direction of my school.  For years afterwards, I would overhear parent conversations that began with "As Boult said in her book..."  It truly did assist in changing the climate in my school!"

DeDe DeRose, Retired Principal, Educational Consultant
Kamloops School District

Sample Materials & Chapters


Part I: Making It Happen

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