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Parent Involvement in Education: Why it’s important for your child’s success

As a parent, you wear a thousand hats to your child. At home, your child is influenced by your actions, behaviors, and beliefs. As your child grows and more time accumulates in the classroom, it’s important to stay involved in their learning. Ongoing parent engagement with teachers is important, so how and why should you build positive relationships with their teachers and how can you boost your parent involvement to benefit them positively?

Why engagement matters

Studies show that the very best predictor of a child’s success in school isn’t how prestigious the school is. It’s not how much money you have. It’s the extent to how much engagement there is around education at home.(1) But what’s engagement? What does it mean to be engaged with your child’s education?

Great engagement is a healthy partnership

According to Early Learnings Network, there are three simple ways to start building healthy parent-teacher partnerships. This Early Learning Network breaks Parent-Teacher partnerships into “3 Cs”. Communication, consistency, and collaboration are three ways to engage.

A Blog by FreshGrade - Why Parent Involvement is important for your child's success

Communication between parents and teachers

Relationships matter! And communication is a key component to build a great connection.

Ideas to cultivate communication

  • Let the teacher know you’re ready to play a positive part in your child’s education. Start early! (But if you didn’t do it at the start of the year, but you’re ready now, better late than never.)
  • Set up what kind of communication works best for everyone (Notes? Emails? Calls?) and the best frequency.
  • Communication needs to be 2-way. Let the teacher know you want to know what’s up at school, and make sure to reciprocate by sharing what’s going on at home.
A Blog by FreshGrade - Why Parent Involvement is important for your child's success

Consistency is key to good parent/teacher relationships

Build a routine and talk positively and regularly to your child’s teacher. It will show your child that you and the teacher are in it together—working to support them.

Ideas for consistency

  • Talk to the teacher about specific things you can do consistently at home.
  • Create healthy routines that encourage a healthy learner. From homework to eating and sleeping, good habits help with every aspect of your child’s life.
  • Discuss ways that you and the teacher can stay on the “same page” with expectations.
A Blog by FreshGrade - Why Parent Involvement is important for your child's success

Collaboration builds strength when the going gets tough

It may not always be rainbows! If you can figure out the basics early and your relationship with the teacher is strong, you’ll be in a great position to get together and solve specific problems as they come up.

Ideas for how to collaborate effectively

  • Ask about the class goals and expectations—and let the teacher know yours, too
  • If concerns come up, address them as soon as you can—and respectfully. It’s easy to forget that the teacher is probably dealing with 20+ children—all with unique concerns
  • Stay focused on solutions when concerns arise. Healthy partnerships are about problem solving.

[1]. PTA, N. (2000). Building Successful Partnerships: A Guide for Developing Parent and Family Involvement Programs. (pp. 11-12). Bloomington, Indiana: National PTA, National Education Service.

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