Family Engagement Equals Student Success

August 7, 2017

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California State PTA Highlights Six Ways Parents Can Get Involved This School Year

SACRAMENTO – Millions of children head back to school this month and parents across California have numerous opportunities to have a voice and make a difference for their child and school. Research shows family engagement equals student success and as the connector between families, schools and communities, California State PTA highlights the importance of family engagement and offers 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 asking questions about their homework. It can also mean attending school activities or communicating with your child’s teachers.

  • Model positive parenting and support learning at home.
    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 and setting a regular time for studying. Talk with your child about college and future careers.
  • Learn more about your child’s school and communicate with educators.
    Attend Back-to-School Night and parent-teacher conferences. Find out how to take advantage of your school’s translation and interpretation services. Make time to read newsletters, memos and notices from the school. Ask your school if it offers California State PTA’s School Smarts Parent Engagement Program, and if not, ask about bringing it to your school community.
  • Help out at school or join PTA.
    Look at ways to volunteer in the classroom or other ways you can help prepare or organize classroom materials at home. Find out about participating in school organizations, initiatives and school committees such as PTA, School Site Council or English Learner Advisory Committees (ELAC). Help with a school-wide event or accompany your child’s class on a field trip. Remember: just joining PTA shows that you support your child and their school.
  • Engage in the decision-making, leadership and advocacy efforts at your school.
    Learn about and participate in the various school, district, or community decision-making bodies. Parent input is critical! Learn more about your school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the eight priority areas that help all children succeed. Consider taking on a leadership role in speaking up for all children – at your PTA, at the school and beyond.
  • 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.
    Attend meetings and/or read more about the new California State Standards and how they will help prepare students for the future. Find out more about the new statewide assessement program and how your child’s score will look and what if means for their progress. Talk to your child’s teachers to understand how learning may look different in the classroom and how you can best support your child.
  • Take advantage of community resources.
    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.