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Flipped Classroom Series: The Importance of Parent Buy-In

by Andi Diaz on July 22, 2020

When we return to school this fall, we may see many versions of hybrid approaches that deliver classroom instruction in school, at home, or both. The flipped classroom concept is perfect for promoting home-based instruction and gives educators more time in the classroom to address the needs of all students. If you are unfamiliar with what a flipped classroom can look like, visit our previous blog to learn about it.

Lori Lynch, Istation’s Senior Vice President of Customer Success, talked with Joyce Cullop and Alicia Pruitt, two professional development specialists in Virginia, about the importance of parent buy-in when implementing a flipped classroom approach.

How to Get Parents on Board

With any new idea, it’s important to introduce this to those it will affect early on. Cullop and Pruitt recommend giving your students’ parents a heads-up at the beginning of the school year possibly at an orientation or parent teacher conference. This will help ensure that you can answer any questions that they might have and convey what will be required of them.

Don’t underestimate student buy-in and the power it can have to help get parents on board. Introducing innovative learning techniques and using new technology approaches in your classroom can often spark motivation for students. When parents see their child paying attention in class and performing better than before, they are often intrigued and on board with this new change.

Benefits of Flipped Classrooms

Classrooms who have implemented the flipped classroom approach have more time to spend on individualized instruction. Students’ frustration levels go down because they are learning at school with the teacher and their peers. The teacher can home in on student differences and direct interventions where needed.

Dropout rates have been known to go down in schools that choose to use the flipped classroom approach. Attendance increases by as much as 80%. Passing rates on end-of-year exams have been shown to rise as well.

In one study done in Georgia schools, 9 out of 10 students in special education passed the Georgia end-of-school exams after using the flipped classroom approach that year. They saw a 70% student pass rate compared to the 30% pass rate from the year before.

Listen to the podcast below for more information!

Lori Lynch, Istation’s Senior Vice President of Customer Success, speaks with Joyce Cullop and Alicia Pruitt, two Istation professional development specialists in Virginia who work with implementation across the country.

Istation offers many resources for educators to share with parents working with students at home. Visit our school closures website as well as our YouTube playlists for more information.

Topics: At Home, Educator Tips, Parent Tips