The Latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) scores show that 29 nations outperform the US in mathematics, 22 in science, and 19 in reading. Overall, the US was ranked 22nd. The Netherlands, on the other hand, ranked 7th. Their philosophy on Parent Involvement 3.0 might be one reason why!
I was very excited when Peter De Vries contacted me and my colleagues Jenni Brasington and Ron Mirr to assist in translating Parent Involvement 3.0. Peter has worked in the Netherlands as a teacher in basic and special basic education for almost ten years. Since then, he’s worked as a location manager for an orthopedagogic daycare center for children with mental and physical disabilities while running his own practice as a mediator between parents and schools in both primary and secondary education. Since 2003, he has worked as principal advisor and trainer at CPS Onderwijsontwikkeling en advies. Peter has written several books including Handboek ouders in de school, Mijn kind op school and Ouderbetrokkenheid voor elkaar.
Peter describes the various levels of parent involvement as:
Parent Involvement 1.0
One-sided communication where the school determines the time, format and content of the communication.
Parent Involvement 2.0
Two-way communication that doesn’t actually allow any type of collaboration between home and school.
Parent Involvement 3.0
Communication that allows families and schools to share new information with a common goal – the student!
The strategies in this book were designed based on the Dutch implementation of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Different countries have different cultures, so while not everything will be a good fit, this book provides some useful strategies for implementing the National Standards to promote a greater cooperation between families and schools.
If you are interested in learning about this Dutch model of home-school collaboration, Parent Involvement 3.0 is now available in English and you can find the free download at www.cps.nl/parentinvolvement. Be sure to check out the forward by National PTA President Otha Thornton and let us know what you think about this approach to home-school partnerships!
ENGAGE! is a weekly column on Family Engagement written by Sherri Wilson, Senior Manager of Family and Community Engagement at the National PTA. Sherri is the former Director of the Alabama Parent Information and Resource Center and is currently responsible for developing and implementing programs related to family and community engagement at the National PTA.