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Archived #PTchat 5/23/12
J. Michael Hall Joins #PTchat to Share Ideas on How to Engage More Dads in Education
Wed., 5/23 9PM EDT
Fathers can initiate or participate in activities that help their children succeed academically. Helping children learn can increase success in school. The nature and frequency with which parents interact in positive ways with their children reflect the parents’ investment in their children’s education (NCES, 2000).
It’s important to remember up front that both sensitivity and self-confidence are greater than any specific skills in paternal behavior and influence. Sensitivity is critical to both involvement and closeness. The closeness of the father-child relationship is the crucial determinant of the dad’s impact on a child’s development and adjustment. Developing sensitivity enables a dad to evaluate his child’s signals or needs, and respond to them appropriately. (Abramovitch in Lamb, 1997).
J. Michael Hall is the Founder and President of Strong Fathers-Strong Families, LLC. He has facilitated father-child events in schools and Head Starts for over 100,000 fathers, trained thousands of professionals in education and child care and has written numerous magazine articles and book chapters. He is the father to two teenage boys and husband to a beautiful middle school teacher. Learn more on the Strong Fathers website, join the conversation on Facebookand follow Mike on Twitter.
Join us on Wednesday, May 23rd at 9PM EDT as parents and educators share their best ideas on how to best engage Dads in schools. Together, we’ll specifically plan to engage more Dads in 2012-2013.
For further resources, here are some steps that fathers can take at home, at school and in the community that make a positive difference for their children’s education. They have been compiled on the Department of Education’s Fathers in Education Resource Page.