Parent involvement continues to be our target goal for the next 3-5 years under Effective Schools Practices. This can help teachers or school leaders track how much parental involvement is being provided by our parents:
- Maintain a Parent Sign-in Folder for each teacher. There should be at least
7-10 sign-in sheets in each folder. Any activity such as Parent-Teacher Conferences,
PTA, Programs, etc. parents will have to sign in and the school team can monitor
via each teacher what percentage of parents give their time to their child's
school. A 5-15 minutes visit can constitute as parent involvement!
- Newsletters going home should have a section that parents can cut off and
acknowledge that they received their newsletters and return them back to the
teacher via their child. The school team can also monitor the percentage of
returned slips. Notes can go home to "remind" parents to look into
their child's book bag every day for newsletters.
- I use a Congratulations! You have been selected to__________. This type
of opening will make parents feel welcomed and actually feel a part of the
school community. A letter with this opening goes a long way for parental
self-esteem. This trick actually increased parental involvement in my school
by 87%! Try it out, it works!
- We use Contracts for each family to provide at least 2 hours per quarter
toward any parent involvement activity. Schools may choose to send out newsletters
congratulating families or individual's of their standing and support for
their child's education!