Research continues to show the importance of involving fathers in their children’s education. One analysis of studies found that when fathers are involved, their children, on average, experience academic gains equal to nearly a half year of typical academic learning.

In addition to helping with homework and volunteering at school, the researchers noted the benefits of fathers’ involvement in mentoring, comforting and disciplining their children. Keep this in mind as you plan for next school year. Consider including virtual events, support groups and workshops designed specifically for fathers—to help them understand the importance of their role in their children’s development. When schools reach out directly to fathers and give them tools and opportunities to be meaningfully engaged, everyone wins.

 

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Engage school staff over the summer

The next school year will look very different than this past one. That’s why it’s especially important to stay connected with your school staff over the summer. Here are three ideas to try:

  1. Send summer emails. Provide information to help staff members get ready for the school year. Give frequent updates on COVID-19 and inform them of changes taking place at the school or district level. Share bios of new staff members so that returning staff can welcome them.
  2. Host a virtual event to welcome new staff members. Consider assigning mentors to new teachers.
  3. Have a virtual planning retreat. Include in-service training and team-building activities. Brainstorm a theme for the new school year together. Invite an inspirational guest speaker.

did-you-know  Did You Know?

The AASA has released a comprehensive guide for reopening schools based on recommendations from its COVID-19 recovery task force. The School Superintendents' Association: Guidelines for Reopening Schools is a detailed step-by-step checklist of considerations for school leaders. Check it out at niswc.com/SACF_reopen.

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