Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming State Parenting Center

Two heads are better than one-

this cliché is meant to show the importance of partnership and combining a joint effort towards schools, teachers, parents, and communities working as a team focused on the student education.  We all know that parent involvement improves school performance and here are some tips to help bring families and community together to build stakeholder capacity within our schools.

Recognize the various assumptions and myths that surround parent involvement.

  • Gather feedback and views from parent stakeholder groups about their current involvement in their children’s education.
  •  Include the opinion of groups from the past and the reluctant in your feedback.
  •  Review all views from parent stakeholders from all parts of your community. 
  • Identify action and recommendations that will help to improve the quality of parent involvement. 

This is only the start of some strategies borrowed from the book What SUCCESSFUL Schools Do to Involve Families— 55 Partnership Strategies by Neal A. Glasgow and Paula Jameson Whitney. 

Our expectations continue to rise for all stakeholders, the more tips educators have to help students, parents, families, and communities in our children’s education the better for all of us.

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Comments on: "Some Useful Tips to Build Stakeholder Capacity Within our Schools" (4)

  1. Jennifer said:

    This is good information. I think that sometimes parents forget that they are in fact stakeholders within the school environment. A good school always solicits feedback from the people served, and this is a great reminder of that.

  2. Blanca Moye said:

    Thank you
    For your information is great to have tools to communicate with the rest of the world

  3. Kelly Rogers said:

    Another fantastic way to help empower parents/families is to include them in the professional development opportunities provide within your school or district. By working as a team, parents and teachers build relationships which will allow all parties to be more comfortable. Once a successful relationship is established, trust and collaboration will thrive. Parents want to help, and many want to do more than make copies or other busy work. Empower parents by recognizing their strengths and abilities in the classroom. Maybe they could lead a reading group, discuss with students the importance of recycling, collaborate with the teacher to show how the new math skill is used “in the real world”, etc. In working with the school as a whole, perhaps there are parents that excel in organizing, planning and developing innovative ideas for the school to connect with the community. Parents possess a wealth of information that is often times untapped within the classroom and school.

  4. Hey Loree,
    I enjoyed reading the book you listed. It is a great resource for school principals. Good luck in your work!

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