We welcome the partnership with our parents and families. This is a list of strategies and ideas to help with supporting your child and their teachers as we work together to improve our students' learning.
What Parents Need to Share with Educators (Clues for Understanding My Child)
Home activities that demonstrate ability and interest
Attitudes about school
Behavior at home vs. behavior at school (both positive and negative)
Examples of how the child learns best outside of school
Test data over time (on different testing instruments)
Response to particular assignments
Response to trying new things
Response to making mistakes
Independent work vs. group work
Comfort level working with “peers”
Other useful information
Strategies for Success
Seek a good match rather than a particular teacher.
Avoid ambiguity, vague demands, and assumptions.
Watch your words at home.
Remain open to possibilities vs. being right.
Maintain a balanced perspective...seeking academic growth rather than perfect grades.
Allow your child to take responsibility for his/her work...and the grade.
Value a strong work ethic with high expectations.
Model resiliency and seek solutions through collaboration.
How to be a Critical Resource at Your Child's School
Be a “personal resource bank” for your child’s teacher.
Offer work/play samples of your child’s interests/strengths.
Provide continual feedback from the home perspective.
Discover resources/connections to enhance program options and classroom activities.
Donate your time and talent.
Join school and district committees that focus on academic excellence and accountability.
Network on behalf of advanced learners.
Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.
Improved student achievement
Credibility as an advocate
Mutual respect between parents and teachers
Increased communication between home and school
Increased awareness of educational issues
Support through expanded network of resources
Effective advocacy through positive political influence
Constructive contributions to the school community