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Ways for Parents to Engage


  • Engage Teachers EarlyWhether it’s parent orientation day, back to school night or summer classroom cleaning, find ways to meet the teachers and staff in your child’s school early in the school year.
  • Study School Policies: Learn about your child’s school policies, teachers and curriculum so you have a good understanding of how you can make a positive difference.
  • Be Present: Be a visible presence in your child's school and classroom. Introduce yourself to teachers, counselors and staff.
  • Tell Teachers What’s WorkingIt’s not just your child who wants to hear a job is “well done”.  Positive feedback is also important for your child’s teachers so they know what’s working well.
  • Connect with Technology: Emails, List-Servs, Texts and School Apps are additional ways to stay connected with your child's school.  Sign up for what works for you and use it to obtain and share useful information about your child’s progress
  • Tag Team with Your SpouseIf Mom is too busy, then Dad, Grandma or Aunt Jo can attend the science fair, report card meeting, student talent show or teacher appreciation night. 
  • Question Policies, Not PeopleIf you have a question, concern or complaint about a policy, make your conversation about that policy and not the people who are there to implement it.
  • Visit and Volunteer:  Schools offer numerous ways for parents to be engaged including chances to volunteer, serve on school project committees, visit a classroom or chaperone field trips.
  • Create School Community:  Reach out to fellow parents to share ideas about how to work together to improve the school experience for your children and their classmates.
  • Ask Questions and Advocate: Don't be afraid to ask tough, but fair questions and to advocate firmly but respectfully for your child.
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