Making the Most of Parents’ Time at School
Using family engagement events to target learning goals is a path to increasing students’ academic success.
My first month teaching, I peeked in on the first parent meeting of the year, and a lone parent sat listening to the presentation. There were over 500 students in the school.
Eight years later, over 300 families attended that meeting. Our biggest challenge had been getting parents—who often didn’t like school themselves—to see us as a loving and supportive community, so we deliberately fostered an environment in which families could feel comfortable. If a serious discussion about a student was needed, it was saved for a different time—the larger gatherings were about community.... Continue Reading at https://www.edutopia.org/article/making-most-parents-time-school