Research shows that students are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior if their parents are engaged in their education.
Because of the positive correlation found between parent involvement and student achievement, educators are trying to increase both the number of parents involved and the level of their participation.
As a teacher, you have direct access to both the student and the parent. Help foster parent engagement by following these simple steps:
1. Share Positive News, Too.
It’s important to be proactive with all communication, but make sure it’s not always negative information you’re sharing. Maybe send a brief email or a quick phone call to a parent letting them know when their student had a great week. It’s a great way to build trust and increase parent involvement.
2. Have Open Teacher-Parent Communication….It’s Vital!
We live in a 24/7 world where parents expect teachers to communicate quicker than ever before. If there is an issue with a student’s academic performance, teachers should let parents know at the first sign of trouble. This can prevent the issue from becoming a major problem that could impact student graduation rates.
3. Offer to Make a Teacher Home Visit.
This may be extreme in some cases, but can also be extremely effective. According to the Home Visit Project, parent/teacher home visits help increase student attendance rates, increase student test scores and decrease suspension rates.
4. Connect Using Multiple Communication Channels.
Some teachers send out a weekly wrap-up phone call, and other send a document home attached to an email. Connecting with parent using multiple communication channels is a great idea. Why? An NSPRA survey asked parents to share their preferred method of school communication. The top 3 answers: email, voice calls and an online parent portal.
Use them all to keep parents engaged and informed! Remember, studies show students with engaged parents are more likely to attend school regularly, earn high grades and have better social skills.
For more best practice tips and tricks, download our Parent Engagement Strategy Guide!