Practicum Action Inquiry

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Practicum Action Inquiry
Courtney A. Redford
Grand Canyon University: EDA 555
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Statement of the Problem
The lack of parental involvement is a continual problem in the field of education. Parental involvement in education is when a parent participates in and supports their child’s education. Parents can also support their child by volunteering in the school their child is enrolled in and by participating in school and events in the community. Several contributing factors affect the process of parental involvement taking place in the school community. The environment and child’s background are a few of the issues that affect the school and community on the regular basis. I feel that quite a few issues should be addressed and looked into by school administration as well as educators. One of the most important concerns is the lack of guardian involvement in a child’s academic progress. The absence of guardian interaction affects the child’s self-esteem, performance in school, school climate, and interaction in the community. I have taught for the last five years and noticed pupils, who have guardians and caretakers seemingly disconnected from their student’s academic instruction display problems with remaining interested motivated and engaged in their education. Theoretically speaking, bullying is also a problem that is detrimental to the makeup demographically of Carl Wunsche High School. The district, administration, and educators constantly struggle with creating ways to stop bullying from taking place. The schools in the district use several preventative methods before victimization happens on the regular basis, but the issue still presents itself quite often. As a result of the lack of parental involvement and bullying has been on the rise within Spring Independent District.

Background and Context for the Problem
Research suggests the component missing in educational equality, when speaking of academic progress is guardian interaction. School environment and guardian involvement are essential in preparing a student and establishing success in their academic progress. While guardians are the first “teachers” of pupils, guardians essentially have a positive affect on their success. The issue comes about at various academic institutions when the need to it is difficult to call guardians for various reasons. Guardian interaction at school functions, teacher conferences, school meetings and Admission Review and Dismissal meetings are scarce. It is infuriating when I see this taking place because I feel all parents need to be involved in their child’s academic success. It is also upsetting when I try to schedule a conference with a parent regarding my concerns with their child and they never seem to be available to meet. Also, it is upsetting when I have made several contacts via email and by phone and the parent never responds or returns my calls. We have a program called Parent Connect in our district. Parent Connect is a virtual program that enables guardian’s interaction to the student’s attendance, academic progress, behavioral history and the ability to read comments that are made by their teachers. Parent connect is a great tool however the majority of the parents fail to access the system. When parents do not take advantage of this online program it leaves them unaware of what is really taking place with their child’s attendance, behavior, and grades. . Data Analysis

According to (Larocque, Kleiman, & Darling, 2011) the citizens of our society are starting to increasingly become diverse; therefore, the pupil population in academic settings is also becoming very different. Demographics at the academic institution are broken down as follows: * White 14%

* African American 40%
* Hispanic 41%
* Other 5%
* Economically Disadvantaged 71%
* Limited English Proficient 18%
Data shows...
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