Connection between family and school is one of the most important factors to a young person’s success. In fact, students with engaged parents earn higher grades, are more likely to graduate high school, attend college more frequently, are more self-confident, are more motivated, and have better social skills and classroom behavior. Empowering families to work as partners with the school and the community can be a critical part of ensuring students’ success.
Creating a community that works together takes time and trust. Use the following strategies to rethink how to create deeper relationships, increase engagement, and empower parents to be a part of the school culture and their child’s learning.
To help you maintain and increase family engagement, we recommend reconceptualizing family engagement, building lasting relationships with families, and supporting parents in teaching their children. This NEA Priority Schools Campaign guide to building partnerships between families and schools is a good starting place.
Family empowerment isn’t a one-step process. The connection that enables the creation of the empowerment plan must be maintained.
Parents are their kids’ first teachers. During the pandemic-related campus closures they stepped up in unimaginable ways that we should continue to honor and build upon. Below are some suggestions on how to leverage this new level of participation and build on it.