While there tends to be more of a focus on school as students return in September, the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools reminds you that your involvement in your child’s education is important. According to research studies, when parents pay attention, their children score better on tests, which leads to higher grades, and are more likely to attend their classes, graduate, and go on to additional education after high school.
Here are some tips for getting and staying involved with your children’s teachers and schools:
- Establish regular communication with the teacher, sending handwritten notes or e-mails and visiting or calling the teacher as necessary. Be sure to let him/her know if there are issues in the home that may negatively impact your child’s classroom work.
- If you don’t get an immediate response from a teacher, remember that they have many commitments during and after the school day. Reach out again if you don’t receive an answer within a day or two.
- When parent-teacher conferences are scheduled, arrive with a list of questions, comments or concerns.
- When possible, volunteer in the classroom, accompany the class on trips and participate in school-wide events.
- If your child is experiencing a problem in the classroom, be sure to discuss it with the teacher first rather than going over his/her head.
- Learn about the operations of the school district and what is permissible. It will help you to understand what the teacher may or may not be able to do and how you can help as a parent.
- Ask the teacher what your child is expected to learn and do over the course of the year and for ways that you can help to reinforce that learning at home.
- Make sure your child knows that you have high expectations.
For more success tips and downloadable copies of valuable brochures offered by the National Education Association, visit http://www.friendsofpubliced.org/resources/ . While you’re there, sign up to receive occasional e-newsletters with information about education topics.
*This post is part of a series of sponsored posts by CAPS.