Reaching Out to Parents
Research confirms that regardless of background,
when parents are involved in their children's education the results
are increased student achievement. But sometimes, due to financial
or other pressures, parents are not as involved as they need or
would like to be. If it seems to you as a teacher that some of your
students' parents are not as involved as they should be, don't be
judgmental. It is safe to assume that all parents want what's best
for their children; occasionally some may need a little help.
Here are some things you can do to connect with parents:
Establish learning agreements. These agreements can define
the goals, expectations and shared responsibilities between
you as the teacher, the students and the parents. This makes
all of you partners and contributors to the students' success.
Reach out to parents. Don’t wait until there is a problem
to contact parents. Think of yourself as a collaborator with
each student’s parents working toward a common goal, student's
Design homework so that it engages parents in the process.
This works especially well with long term assignments-about
family history or work.
Encourage parents to be vocal about their child's education.
Encourage your parents to become involved in your school's PTA
or School Leadership Team. The more involved the parents are
Be available to parents beyond school hours if possible. If
your school has before or after school programs encourage your
parents to take advantage of all the resources available to
Participate in your school's parent room or help create one
if your school doesn't have one. A space where parents feel
comfortable in school is essential. This is where they can share
their experiences with other parents.
Don't think of parents as "the other," think of them
as your client or customer. After all, they have entrusted you
with their most prized possession.
you have any questions.