This has been an unprecedented school year, no doubt. As you wrap up the year and begin planning for next year, it’s a good time to assess your school’s family engagement practices. That way, you can make any necessary changes before the start of the next school year. Think about your current practices and reflect on the questions below:

  • What would I want to know if I were a parent with a child in this school? What would be the best way for me to find the information I need?
  • How much time can most parents in our community devote to being involved in their child’s school?
  • What special knowledge, talents and abilities do parents in our school possess? How can we make it easy for them to share those talents?
  • What’s the best way for us to learn about the needs, interests and concerns of families?

 

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Create a parent advisory group

How do you find the time to plan and implement family engagement programs? Turn to parents for help! Consider creating a parent advisory group to promote effective family involvement. Here’s how:

  1. Contact parents who are already active in your school and invite them to join the group. Ask for their help in recruiting other parent members. Include teacher representatives, too.
  2. Determine the purpose of the committee. In an initial meeting, decide on topics to tackle—remote learning, new safety measures, homework, school/parent communication, etc. Establish clear roles and responsibilities of administrators, teachers and parents.
  3. Hold regular meetings—in person or online. Have at least one teacher representative present at all meetings. It is essential for parents and teachers to see each other as partners in student achievement. Together, they can plan and implement parent involvement activities.

did-you-know  Did You Know?

Education Week has compiled an excellent list of resources to educate educators and students about racism, policing and protest. Check it out at niswc.com/SACF_edweek_resources.

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