PRESS CONFERENCE on “Sensitization Campaign for Involvement of Responsible Biological Fathers in Parent-Teacher/School Associations”

PRESS CONFERENCE on “Sensitization Campaign for Involvement of Responsible Biological Fathers in Parent-Teacher/School Associations”
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Dear Sir/Madam.
Sub: Sensitization Campaign for Involvement of Responsible Biological Fathers in Parent-Teacher/School Associations
Voice of Women and Families in India (VOW India), Global Counseling Centre and CRISP thank you for attending the press conference on Saturday 14th January 2012 at Press club, Cubbon Park, Bangalore from 11.30 a.m to 12:00 Noon
CRISP is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) founded recently by a group of citizens, who recognize the serious effects of “parental alienation” on children due to single parent families on account of divorce or separation. CRISP also focuses on furthering the rights of a child to remain connected with both parents.Our aims and objectives are based on research findings worldwide which indicate that children do best when both parents are actively involved in their lives, even after separation or divorce.
We will be making a presentation Sensitizing the Public and highlighting the following demands, in the interests of Biological Fathers who are being left out of Parent-Teacher/School roles during the Schooling of their Biological Children. Over 30 years’ research has proven beyond dispute the positive connection between parent involvement and student success. Effectively engaging parents and families in the education of their children has the potential to be far more transformational than any other type of education reform. We are basing our “Standards” based on the US National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs and their quality indicators which are research based and grounded in both sound philosophy and practical experience. The purpose for the standards is threefold:                 
• To promote meaningful parent and family participation                                 
• To raise awareness regarding the components of effective programs                    
• To provide guidelines for schools that wish to improve their programs.

The program standards are guidelines for leaders of institutions with programs serving parents and families. Therefore, the intended audience includes Government of India and respective State Governments, principals, administrators, educators, and parents who are in positions to influence and improve parent involvement programs.  

Building upon the six types of parent involvement identified by Joyce L. Epstein, US-based National PTA created program standards of excellence.

  • Standard I: Communicating—Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful.
  • Standard II: Parenting—Parenting skills are promoted and supported.
  • Standard III: Student Learning—Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning.
  • Standard IV: Volunteering—Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought.
  • Standard V: School Decision Making and Advocacy—Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.
  • Standard VI: Collaborating with Community—Community resources are used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning.
We are submitting the detailed report to the relevant stake-holders which we are recommending as a Mandatory Quality standard for NABET (Quality council of India) and a Guideline for Appropriate engagement with Biological Parents of Children in India. Roshni Mathan Pereira-                       Jayanth T K                         Christie S

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