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Family engagement is the secret ingredient to academic achievement. So let's engage the families in your school community.
Featured Article: Please Share More Student Work With Families
Just as student work can change the vision for teachers and educators, student work can change the vision that families have for schools and for their students. They need to see student work that can show families both what can happen and what actually does happen in schools.
Are Home Visits Right for Our School Community?
Basically most objections to home visits boil down to this: time and fear. The way that the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project answers these objections is simple—ask the teachers and parents who have done it.
The Three Must Do's of Back-to-School Night
You want parents to walk away with the understanding that their child is going to be learning and doing in your classroom.
Effectively Using Parents in IEP Meetings
Successful IEP's aren’t flowers that spring up from nowhere. Instead they bloom in the fertile soil of a culture of understanding and respect that permeates the larger school culture.
What Does Parent Engagement Look Like in High School?
Look a little deeper at what’s going on in high schools. Watch the way parents text and “friend” their children on social media. Look at all the parents at sporting events or band concerts, or listen to the conversations happening around kitchen tables — What colleges are you thinking about? Don’t stay up too late working on that history project — and you can see that parent engagement in high school is there. It just looks different than in elementary and middle school.
Invite Parents to Do Classroom Observations
“When you invite parents to do observations the whole climate of the school changes from a closed door atmosphere to an open partnership based on mutual respect.”
Do This One Thing
Teachers are pulled in many directions. Lesson plans, grading, recess duty, after school committees, grade-level meetings. How can you do it all?
Well, you can’t. And you shouldn’t. Instead, you have to pick and choose the most important--the highest leverage--thing that you can do. And here it is: