Parents as Partners

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    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.
    • Celebrate excellence!
    • Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.

Potential Outcomes

    • Improved student achievement
    • Credibility as an advocate
    • Mutual respect between parents and teachers
    • Increased communication between home and school
    • Trust
    • Balance
    • Increased awareness of educational issues
    • Support through expanded network of resources
    • Effective advocacy through positive political influence
    • Constructive contributions to the school community
    • Sense of purpose and accomplishment
    • Becoming a mentor to other parents