School, parents and community: strong together in all we do




Allen, Reed

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Parental involvement has been shown to play a crucial role in a child’s education. Research indicates that parental engagement can influence student attendance, academic achievement and behavior. However, achieving high levels of parental involvement can be challenging. For First Nations communities, including the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw community, there are many barriers that inhibit involvement and must be overcome for parents to be actively involved with their child’s education and to form meaningful partnerships with the school. It is important for schools to recognize these barriers and develop comprehensive strategies and procedures that foster parental engagement. School principals are essential in this process. This project focuses on establishing and strengthening relationships between the parents, school and community working together for the students of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw School. Based on my personal and professional experiences (both as a teacher and principal), as well as current and relevant research, I make recommendations as to the steps involved in promoting and strengthening parental engagement at my school.



parental involvement, parental engagement, school partnerships