5 Teacher Tips for Increasing Parental Involvement
We know that parental involvement is crucial to success in school. There are numerous studies that prove that parent involvement can improve students' behavior, attendance, and achievement. Despite the research, parental involvement still continues to be a challenge. How can you, as an educator, encourage greater parent involvement? 5 Teacher Tips for Increasing Parental Involvement
- Be Clear: Maybe you need parents to listen to students read or help with daily work? Sometimes it may be helping plan school parties or chaperone field trips. Different tasks appeal to different parents so make sure you ask for specific help where you need it.
- Communicate Often: Reach out to parents on a regular basis and ensure that they know how to get in touch with you. Be consistent in asking for help. Parents may not be able to help the first time you ask but that does not mean they are not able to in the future.
- Engage Working Parents: Working parents may have less time to commit to working in the classroom, but they can help in others ways. Get creative with ways to include working parents.
- Plan/Set Expectations: Sometimes parents are leery of signing up to volunteer in fear they will over commit. Make it easier by creating opportunities for parents to sign up for a specific task for a specific time frame. Using an online signup and scheduling tool like signup.com or SignUpGenius lets parents schedule themselves for shifts that work for them.
- Show Appreciation: Recognizing and thanking parents for helping is an excellent way to keep parents coming back to help. Let them know that you and your students value their contributions. A thank you note from you or the students, a shout out on the classroom social media channels – any way to let them know you value their contribution.
- SBD, Inc.