According to a 2017 study from Columbia University, regular digital outreach to parents can improve student achievement and attendance. In the study, middle and high school parents received weekly texts about their children’s absences, grades and missed assignments. The result? An 18% increase in students’ attendance and a 39% reduction in course failures.

In addition to helping parents stay informed, you can use text messages to help parents become more involved with their children’s learning at home. A Stanford University study found that when parents of preschoolers were sent weekly text messages with literacy strategies to practice at home, they were 13% more likely to do so. The weekly texts also improved teacher-parent communication and led to higher student literacy scores!

 

Evaluate your school’s parent involvement efforts

  1. Provide opportunities for families to lead and share in decision making regarding school policies and programs affecting their children.
  2. Promote clear two-way communication between the school and families about school programs and children’s progress.
  3. Help parents and guardians develop skills that foster positive relationships with their children and support learning at home.
  4. Involve parents, with appropriate training, in instructional and support roles at school.
  5. Help families access the community and support services they need.

Why not ask parents how well your school does these five things? What else could you be doing in each area? 

did-you-know  Did You Know?

According to data gathered by Education Week, parents who earn $75,000 or more a year are more likely than parents who earn less to volunteer in school and attend school meetings.

 

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“Parental involvement in schools must move from rhetoric to practice—from telling parents their involvement is encouraged, to guiding them in specific and appropriate ways to assist in their children’s intellectual and social development.”

Center for Family Involvement in Schools, Rutgers University

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