How to Partner with your child’s school?
- Introduce yourself to the Parent Coordinator
- Schedule an appointment to meet with the principal
- Volunteer one day a month
- Chaperone your child’s class on a trip
- Attend monthly parent workshops
- Enroll your child in school wide activities and programs
- Post all school calendars and events in a place where you can refer to them
How to Partner with your child’s teacher?
- Make sure that your child’s teacher has a working number – so you can communicate with them
- Sign your child’s homework each night even if the teacher does not require it
- Look in your child’s binder/notebook/book bag every night
Are there handouts in the bag that your child forgot to give you? Is there a current assignment for the day? Is there a reading log; did your child read at home tonight?
How to connect and monitor your child’s academic and social growth?
- Make sure that your child does his/her homework every night
- Talk to your child about his/her friends and monitor those friendships. Is your child’s friend in his/her class or school?
- Does your child have a cell phone? Who are they talking to; look at the bill
- Does your child have access to a computer? Establish computer time and monitor the sites your child has access to
- Find out what your child likes to do and find the time to do that activity with them
- Meet the parents of your child’s friends before they visit them or the friends visit your home
What questions to ask during Parent teacher Conference
- What is my child expected to learn, know and do at this grade level? How will it be assessed?
- What are the big projects my child will be doing in your class this year? Throughout the year, how will I know if my child is meeting grade level expectations?
- What does my child do well and what does he or she struggle with? Can you give me examples?
- If my child needs extra support or wants to learn more about a subject, are there resources to help his or her learning outside the classroom? Can you give me examples?
- How will you be introducing the Common Core standards to students this year?
- Does my child turn in homework on time?
- Is my child happy at school? How does my child get along with classmates and adults?
- Does my child participate in class discussions and activities? What would make my child more effective in doing his/her work?
- What can I do at home to reinforce what my child is learning at school?
- Are there ways that I can help you in the classroom or the school?
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a nation.”