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PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

 
Education reform is a major challenge facing schools across the nation today. Although schools play the key role in the national effort to improve the education of our children, they cannot accomplish it alone. Studies show that the extent to which children are ready to learn and to achieve in school depends also on support from parents and families.
 
It is critical for parents and families to be involved in the decision-making process at both the campus and the district level. Parents’ voices must be heard when it comes to decision making at the school. This enables families to participate in decisions about the school’s programs and activities that will impact their own and other children’s educational experiences. All parents must be given opportunities to offer ideas and suggestions on ways to improve their schools. Having families as true stakeholders in the school creates feelings of ownership of the school’s programs and activities.
 
Sample Activities:Examples of activities to promote decision making include but are not limited to:
  • Request to attend school improvement team meetings
  • Attend meetings where staff and parents meet collaboratively to address school needs
  • Request to be involved in: o Writing Campus/District Improvement Plans
  • Writing Written Parent and Family Engagement Policy
  • Writing School-Parent Compact
  • Parent Advisory Councils o Planning professional development
  • Planning orientation programs for new families
  • Developing parenting skills programs
 
The input schools receive from parents reflect ideas and opinions from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups in the school. The thoughts and ideas of all those participating should be trusted, respected, and heard.
 
If you are interested in serving on decision-making committees and/or other school-related projects,
 
GET INVOLVED! The possibilities are limitless. Your voice makes a difference!
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