Written by Barbara Johnson, Education Consultant
Now more than ever, a strong home-school connection is essential to the education of the child, valuable for the family and beneficial to the school. Schools and families make a high priority of frequent communications and in-person and virtual meetings and activities. All parties are called on to dedicate more time and effort to engage fully and to become true partners. The result of these partnerships has proven extremely successful and enriching as shown through multiple studies.
Parents and caregivers who actively engage in school are empowered to provide support and resources to boost their children’s academic success and S.E.L. Their regular exchanges with teachers contribute to a clearer understanding of curricula and expectations. In turn, teachers learn about students’ background knowledge, behaviors, and needs. Such relationships inspire more productive interactions in school and more purposeful conversations and activities outside of school that stimulate and enhance learning and social and emotional development. Fostered by school administrations, a strong Family and Community Engagement Framework can establish and cultivate the sense of community in which all can address common concerns and interests.
Creating a framework for family and community engagement is the shared responsibility of the school, faculty, families, community, and students. The following are sample points to consider in building a program.
4. Meetings and Events
2. Events and Meetings
3. Suggestions for Content
4. Debrief and evaluate.
Open doors lead to open hearts and minds!