Family Engagement Equals Student Success – California State PTA Highlights Six Ways Parents Can Get Involved This School Year

Research shows family engagement equals student success. As the connector between families, schools and communities, California State PTA highlights the importance of family engagement, offering six key ways for parents to get involved and make a difference.

Six Ways Parents Can Get Involved

Parent involvement can mean many things, such as reading to your child before bed, or attending school activities or communicating with your child’s teachers.

  • Develop effective parenting skills and seek to better understand child and adolescent development. Create a home environment that supports learning by establishing a quiet place for homework. Talk with your child about college and future careers.
  • Attend Back-to-School Night and parent-teacher conferences. Make time to read newsletters, memos and notices from the school.
  • Look at ways to volunteer in the classroom, participate in field trips or get involved with school organizations, such as PTA.
  • Learn about and participate in the various school, district or community decision-making bodies. Parent input is critical!
  • Be familiar with what your child will be expected to learn and how he or she will be assessed as part of the new state standards. Talk to your child’s teachers to understand how learning may look different in the classroom and how you can best support your child.
  • Ask your school about free or low-cost community health, cultural and social support programs. Find out about after-school enrichment programs, tutoring and free library programs that are available to you and your family.

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