Parents as Partners in Education survey launched

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Issues related to parents' engagement in children's education explored

Owen Parkhouse, parent engagement chair and past president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation, is urging parents to take part in a new survey called Parents As Partners in Education. The survey was launched on Monday.

Parents and guardians across P.E.I. are encouraged to fill out a new Parents As Partners in Education survey launched Monday by the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.

The survey is developed and carried out by consultant Vicki Bryanton and funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education.

This is the second survey conducted by PEIHSF, the first one having been conducted in 2008.

It explores issues related to parents’ engagement in their children’s education in the English-language school system.

The survey asks questions about areas of focus for the federation, such as parent-teacher interviews, volunteering, bullying and instructional time.

After completing the survey, there is also a chance to enter to win one of five weekly cash prize draws.

Parents play a large role in their child’s education and are asked to indicate through the survey how they are supported by partners in P.E.I.’s system.

“As parents, we want our children to receive the best possible education. This survey will tell us more about how parents are involved in the school community and how they support their children’s education in meaningful ways,” says Owen Parkhouse, parent engagement chair and past president of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation.

“Parents play a powerful role in our education system and can provide us with valuable insight,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. “I encourage all parents and guardians to take a few minutes to fill out the survey and to share your thoughts on how we can enhance student achievement.”

Results will be publicly reported and used by PEIHSF to develop new initiatives in support of improved parent involvement in education.

The link to the survey is on the federation’s website at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ParentsasPartners2013. Paper copies are available upon request.

For more information, contact the P.E.I. Home and School Federation office

at 620-3186 or 1-800-916-0664.

Organizations: Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, Partners in Education, Parents As Partners P.E.I. Home and School Federation.The Department of Education and Early Childhood

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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  • Angus
    April 02, 2013 - 19:16

    I agree that parents are ultimately responsible, however, please note that the Home and School Federation is comprised of parents that volunteer their time to help advance parents' concerns and suggestions with the Provincial Government.

  • Stew
    January 16, 2013 - 13:15

    I took the survey and found the questions quite relevant. Parents, take the time to do it, and have your opinion count.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 15, 2013 - 13:37

    I went online and took the survey. This survey will accomplish nothing except give the appearance that the federation is a caring responsible organization that deserves the support of parents. Get rid of the federation and ask parents to take over the responsibilities they should be caring for, their children's education and safety. We as parents are lulled into a false sense of security thinking that the federation somehow is looking out for our children, we have handed over the responsibility to a third party. Abdicating responsibility to the state seems to be a mitigating factor in why we are in such trouble as a society. We should not let the tv, video games, or the school raise our children because their values are not the same as the parent's values.