While the nation and our public education system have changed a lot since 1921, one factor—family engagement—remains critical to student achievement. Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education. Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.
Becoming active in a school’s parent group is an important way to increase involvement. Involvement also encompasses:
- Setting goals with children and fostering achievement of those goals;
- Accessing and using children’s academic scores to ensure they’re on track;
- Frequently viewing the parent portal (or whichever tool their school uses);
- Developing a relationship with children’s teachers and keeping in touch with them often; and
- Advocating for improvements in the school building and with local school boards and state and federal government to ensure schools have the resources they need to provide a world class education to every student.
The most significant type of involvement is what parents do at home. By monitoring, supporting and advocating, parents can be engaged in ways that ensure that their children have every opportunity for success.
As the leaders of the nation’s largest education and child advocacy associations, we have seen firsthand the positive impact of family engagement on student success and school improvement. We encourage all parents to take an active role in their children’s education
Ways To Be Involved:
WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. Since the program’s creation in 1998, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program.
Who are Watch D.O.G.S?
Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.
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Calling all MOMs!!! We need you to be part of our WonderMoms program. Our teachers and students need support throughout the year and we need your help to ensure that they are getting the support that they need.
** Please remember that you must complete a background check with ALVIN ISD in order to volunteer on any school campus. You may complete a background check using the link below. Once you have been cleared, please contact the Wilder office at 281-245-3090.
Please click the link in order to sign-up to be part of our program.