A Parent and Teacher's Guide to Family Involvement for High School Students

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The purpose of this site is to provide resources and tools for teachers and parents to become more involved with their student's academic life. Some tools serve special populations and provide insight in how to incorporate family and community involvement for these students. Other tools provide general tools all parents can use throughout their student's educational process.

Teachers can also benefit from the information throughout this website to provide suggestions to families to support their student. In special cases where students don't have significant family support, this website provides some insight through several case studies which have proven successful (Mixon & Harris, 2014).

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Quick Tips for Parents

Here are some ways for your student to get extra help and how you can help.

1) Provide a quiet work space with computer internet access if at all possible.
There is homework most school nights and the homework for each class can be found on this website.

2) Call the homework helpline 253-242-3550 to speak with me after hours for homework help.

3) Tuesday and Thursday after school tutoring in the Career Center.

4) Visit me in my classroom after school almost every school day.

5) Make sure your student is signed up for Khan Academy ( and is completing needed assignments.

6) Have your student STUDY before the tests by reviewing the study guide / practice test before each test.

7) Email me at with any questions.

8) Call me at 253-571-???? with any questions.

9) Please provide refills or replacements of supplies for your students such as highlighters, calculators, pencil lead, new notebook at the start of each semester.

Quick Study Tips for Students


Here are some suggestions that make studying more meaningful:

1)  re-read meaningful materials

2)  review, complete, and rewrite notes

3)  look for errors on assignments and rework problems

4)  learn the related vocabulary

5)  PRACTICE by doing additional exercises and self tests

6)  Check my Website ( for class links, information, etc.

Research References:

Bicknell, B. (2014). Parental Roles in the Education of Mathematically Gifted and Talented Children. Gifted Child Today, 37(2), 83-93. DOI: 10.1177/1076217513497576

Degner, K. M. (2013). Demography as Destiny: The Role of Parental Involvement and Mathematics Course Taking Patterns among 9th Grade Students. Current Issues in Education, 16(3).

Griffin, M. M., Taylor, J. L., Urbano, R. C., & Hodapp, R. M. (2014). Involvement in transition planning meetings among high school students with autism spectrum disorders. The Journal of Special Education, 47(4), 256-264. DOI: 10.1177/0022466913475668

Henderson, A., & Mapp, K. (2002). A New Wave of Evidence The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement Annual Synthesis 2002. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, 2002.

Ing, M. (2014). Can Parents Influence Children’s Mathematics Achievement and Persistence in STEM Careers?. Journal of Career Development, 41(2), 87-103. DOI: 10.1177/0894845313481672

Strom, P. S., Strom, R. D., Whitten, L. S., & Kraska, M. F. (2014). Adolescent Identity and Career Exploration. NASSP Bulletin, 98(2), 163-179. DOI: 10.1177/0192636514528749

Mixon, J. R., Butcher, J., & Harris, S. (2014). Stories of Six Successful African American Males High School Students A Qualitative Study. NASSP Bulletin, 98(2), 142-162. DOI: 10.1177/0192636514528750

Rogers, M., Markel, C., Midgett, J. D., Ryan, B. A., & Tannock, R. (2014). Measuring Children’s Perceptions of Parental Involvement in Conjoint Behavioral Consultation Factor Structure and Reliability of the Parental Support for Learning Scale. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 39(3), 170-181. DOI: 10.1177/1534508413493110