Families should be active participants in the school and not only feel welcomed and valued, but also connected as a community with staff, fellow families and teachers. When engaged in two-way communication about students, parents can help to support their child’s learning in various ways. Here are some ideas on how you can get involved in your child’s school and collaborate to ensure opportunities for student success.
Work Begins At Home
- Establish daily routines that include healthy eating and sleeping habits
- Build your child’s self-esteem by expressing interest in your child’s schoolwork and affirming the child’s worth through positive messages.
- Set and express high standards for your child.
- Check on homework each night and ask questions about the work being done in school.
- Read with and talk to your child to increase reading level and vocabulary. Model learning at home by reading newspapers and discussing current events.
- Make sure you understand your school’s standardized tests and how you can help your child prepare.
- Create a structured place and time for reading and studying each night.
Keep Communication Open and Consistent
- Communicate openly with the school about any issues concerning your child’s academic success
- Establish regular communication with teachers via email, phone, notes or visits. Ask your child’s teacher when and how it is best to reach them.
- Work with teachers to understand academic learning goals.
- Inquire if the school has a newsletter you may sign up for or subscribe to.
- Visit the school’s website often.
- Use community learning opportunities such as the library, museums, the theater and concerts.
- Encourage your child to join clubs and activities at school.
- Introduce yourself to other families
- Offer to volunteer during school activities and events.
- Make sure you are aware of your rights under No Child Left Behind and other state and federal education policies.
- Learn about advocacy strategies and techniques and share them with other parents.
- Attend school meetings to learn about what is happening at school and share your input.
- Meet with local school board members, police officials and other community groups to learn about resources available.