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 A family-school partnership can look different at every school.  However, the underlying foundations of a successful partnership are the same.  First, there must be a solid, positive relationship between the administrators/teachers and parents/families.  Trust must be established through time.  When parents feel their opinions are valued, they are more apt to get involved in the education of their child.  As our core beliefs state, it is the school that must initiate the positive connection to families.  Growing up, some parents may have had a negative experience with school, and those feelings can be transferred to the child and school.  It is imperative that schools reach out to all parents to make them feel welcomed and valued.

Secondly, everyone must realize parents are their child’s best first teacher.  They can provide valuable insight to their student’s behavior and emotions.  By administrators/teachers giving the parents recognition of their importance allows students to see their parents in a different light.  Students will recognize the teacher is working together with his or her parent to ensure their achievement in school.  As a result of creating an ally with the family, teachers can teach more effectively, children can learn more, and the school will be more successful. 

Kelly Rogers- PEN Outreach Parent Liaison- Casper WY

Kelly Rogers- PEN Outreach Parent Liaison- Casper WY

Finally, parents should be included in policy making decisions when it directly affects students.  They can give input as to realistic expectations and time constraints.  If the school receives Title 1 funding, the parents must be consulted on revising the Parent School compact on a yearly basis.  Other documents to be reviewed by parents and staff include the homework policy, school and district improvement policies, and the classroom visit policy.  By having a mutual respect for families and schools, everyone wins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments on: "What Does a Family- School Partnership Look Like?" (6)

  1. Crissy said:

    i will agree on the fact that there needs to be a partnership between parents and schools, but that doesn’t always mean that the parents have to be at the school they need to we need to continually include with the notes home and positive phone calls home. Our parents need to understand and realize that when the school calls and the letters come home they are on the positive side and that way they will be more encouraged to make the partnership work.

  2. Blanca Moye said:

    good ideas everyone needs a little bit of support always!!

  3. Kelly,

    This WAS well written and well laid out.

    The only thing that I am going to keep harping on is the working moms, the 2nd and 3rd shift, (refers to gender bias and the working mom) and this vast and growing population who are VERY interested in their kids’ education but you will NEVER see them at a school function.

    They are working 12 – 16 hour shifts out at the Lowe’s Distribution Center, or the Wal-mart Distribution Center. Or out on a ranch somewhere and when it’s not calving season, it’s time to start haying.

    What about Happy Meadowlark Elementary, teachers and parents with time – go to these people? Set up a table in the lunch room, serve brownies, and get some parental input on policy and procedure, etc., from the working class parent where they live?

    Just an idea. Great post Kelly! 😀

  4. Lisa H. said:

    Kelly, I think you are absolutely on target. Schools need parents to be partners. Embracing a school philosophy of partnership can do wonders for everyone involved.

  5. Marcy said:

    Very well written Kelly. Sometimes it takes babysteps to get parents involved but with care and nurturing those small steps can grow and eventually effective parent engagement is reached.

  6. Samantha said:

    If anyone is interested, the book “Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships” (Henderson, Mapp, Johnson, and Davies ; 2007) is an excellent resource for schools and parents.

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