Decades of research back up what we know and value: Family involvement is the real key to our kids’ success.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS MATTERS
“…[C]ommunicating and doing things with your student, your student’s teacher or your student’s school to support your student’s learning and success. Parents, family members and other caregivers can be involved in a student’s education in many ways.” – California Department of Education
THREE TIPS FOR FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE PTA
- INVOLVEMENT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE – Research shows family engagement is a major factor in student success, with an encouraging home environment serving as a bigger factor in student achievement than a parent’s income, education level or cultural background. Engaged parents take part in all aspects of their child’s education and development from preschool to high school. And with parent involvement as one of the eight key areas in the new Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), authentic family engagement in schools is vital for school improvement and student achievement.
- PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION IS KEY — Strong interaction, teamwork and partnership between families and teachers creates the optimal environment for student success. Parents can make a difference by staying up-to-date on classroom and school news, attending school events whenever possible and addressing concerns or questions honestly, openly and early on.
- PARENT-ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND – New state laws and standards mean new opportunities for parents to get involved in the education process. Parents’ advocacy, involvement and feedback on school priorities are required as part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and related Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs), making family engagement more important than ever before. Families can contact their school districts to make their voices heard in the LCFF/LCAP process. In addition, parents can contact their schools to see if they offer the California State PTA’s award-winning School Smarts Parent Engagement Program, which offers family-friendly training on California’s education system and how parents can be effective advocates for their children and schools.
Looking for help or have questions about how you can improve family engagement in your school community? Contact the Thirty-Second District PTA.