Making the most of parent relationships
The research is pretty clear: Parent involvement in a child’s life delivers some impressive benefits. For pre-K through high school, student learning can be bolstered by active parent engagement. Attendance and behavior improve when parents are actively involved.
Even at the college level, emerging research shows parents are getting more involved. As their children’s financial supporters and trusted confidants, parents can play important roles in college life, influencing students on where to attend school, supporting their children in the transition to independence and addressing academic and health issues, alcohol use and more.
With so much to gain from parent involvement, we’ve pulled together a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing as you consider new ways to engage parents in their children’s education.
Let parents experience a typical day for their children. Show them where their children will spend their time, give them a taste for what they’ll be eating, and introduce them to the adults who will work closely with them. Explain your safety and security policies and outfit them with Reflective Lanyards and a ‘Parent ID’ to demonstrate the steps you take to secure your buildings.
Don’t miss the chance to collect key information from parents, such as contact information and preferred contact methods. End the orientation session by distributing logo’d Metro Lane Tumblers. Chances are, they’ll put them to good use while driving their children to school.
If this is something your school is considering, researchers say it is important that staff in this office has the time and skills to answer parent questions, respond to needs and address concerns. Promote your school’s parent center by distributing logo’d Back-to-Back Photo Frames with your parent center contact information. Parents can add a photo of their child and have contact info handy should they need it.
Just like alumni, parents can be important resources in helping schools (and students) succeed. Get creative as you find new ways to engage them as your partner in the learning process. Good luck!
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