Tips on How Parents Can Get More Involved in Their Kids’ Education

According to a 2015 NBC News Parent Toolkit poll, almost half (47%) of parents say they wish they could do more when it comes to their child’s education. And in today’s hectic environment, parents love their child’s schools and teachers, but admit that they sometimes try to unfairly shift burdens of education.Seventy-eight percent (78%) of American parents agree that “Parents sometimes unfairly blame schools for things that should be the parents’ responsibility.”
Education research expert, Dr. Kimberly O’Malley,  recently shared some solid advice for busy Michigan Mom Living parents on how they can make easy changes this school year to be better involved in their child’s education.  Including:

Where does a parent start to get involved in their child’s education?

How to build daily, at home, study habits

Tracking what your kids should be learning (recognizing benchmarks and if they’re falling short)

Why developing and nurturing social skills is so important

Technology do’s and don’ts when at home and interacting with teachers

How to take and keep the 2015 Parental School Year Resolution

Dr. O’Malley also explains the importance of parent engagement, and teacher relationships.  She also quickly touches base on aids of technology in schools as in virtual parent conferences and how this technology can be huge bonding tools for parents, teachers and schools.

Click here for the complete interview with Dr. Kimberly O’Malley:

For more information on how to get your child’s school year off to a great start, go to  This website offers some great tools regarding academics, health and wellness and social and emotional development for pre-K through high school students.

More about Dr. O’Malley 

Dr. Kimberly O’Malley research expertise is in topics such as student growth models, which measure focus on the performance of individual students and new applications of standard-setting methods. Previously, she served as director of the Measurement Excellence Initiative, which provided psychometric analysis and consultation services for various constituents of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Department of Medicine. Dr. O’Malley also taught for eight years in elementary and middle school grades. Dr. O’Malley is currently Pearson’s Senior Vice President for Research and Development.

Cynthia Tait

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