Caring for parents is one effective way that schools can boost student achievement. There are many ways school leaders and teachers can support parents during remote learning and the summer months. Here are just a few:.

  • Ask families about their overall wellbeing—not just about student learning.
  • Seek to understand what’s happening in families that may affect a student’s completion of assignments or participation. Work with families to find solutions.
  • Connect families with local resources that can help them overcome the challenges they are facing—from healthcare to food and housing.
  • Promote mental wellness by sharing stress-relieving activities that parents can do on their own or with their children.
  • Find ways to connect parents to each other so they can harness the power of peer support.

 

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Get the most from professional development

The summer is a perfect time to attend professional development events—in person or online. To reap the most benefit:

  • Prepare yourself. Think about what you want to learn. List specific questions you’d like to get answered.
  • Print out speaker handouts—including those from sessions you are not able to attend.
  • Take notes and review them. Write a summary of what you experienced and learned.
  • Plan to share the highlights of what you learned with coworkers. Discuss new ideas you might implement in your school.
  • Keep in touch with speakers. Write to them about your questions on specific topics. Ask them how to get additional information on their specialties.

did-you-know  Did You Know?

Teachers Involving Parents—A Professional Development Program to Enhance Parental Involvement for Student Success is an evidence-based professional development program designed specifically for teachers. Its six 90-minute sessions provide instruction and individual and group activities on essential topics including: school-family communication, overcoming barriers to family engagement, what's working in family involvement, and improving engagement practices. Learn more at: www.parent-institute.com/tip.

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