As students across the country head back to the classroom this fall, Communities In Schools of Georgia is excited to announce the launch of a new online Parent Resource Center designed to support parents, students and educators as they work together for a successful school year.
Since I helped found Communities In Schools more than three decades ago, one thing has remained constant: parents are a child’s first, and most influential, teachers and their involvement in their children’s education is needed and valued. In fact, we have heard repeatedly from teachers over the years that they both appreciate and welcome parental involvement and rely on parents to make education a priority even after the dismissal bell has rung.
Research demonstrates that children whose parents are involved in their education do better, on average, than children whose parents are not involved. We know that some of the benefits of parental engagement include increased motivation, higher grades and test scores, fewer discipline problems, and higher self-esteem.
We also realize that many barriers exist that continue to prevent parents from getting involved in their child’s education. Often, parents may not feel that they have the time to get involved. Or, they feel unqualified to help, or even that their child, particularly during the teen years, does not want them involved.
Communities In Schools of Georgia believes the free Parent Resource Center will help parents and educators overcome these barriers. Resources available on the website include:
* Advice for parents and families to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten, as well as to middle school and high school
* Tips for preparing for standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT
* Ideas for making the most of parent/teacher conferences
* Tips on how to help students with homework
* Tips on how to identify and prevent bullying
* Template materials for educators to support parent engagement
* Links to other helpful educational websites for parents, students and educators
* A search function which allows parents and caregivers to locate Communities In Schools of Georgia’s traditional resource centers
The online Parent Resource Center also includes several inspirational video testimonials from Georgia parents highlighting the importance of parental involvement.
Working together, I know that parents, caregivers and educators can establish a lasting partnership to foster student success, increase graduation rates and help students succeed both in school and in life.