According to research, parental engagement in schools increases student performance, decreases absenteeism, and restores parental trust in their children’s education.
“Children need parents who care about what happens in the classroom,” said Reg Weaver, president of the National Education Association. “Parents must do all possible to ensure that their children are completely engaged at school, that their learning is reinforced at home, and that they establish good relationships with their teachers.”
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s biggest educators’ organization, provides the following advice to parents on how to guarantee their children’s educational success:
- Participate in parent-teacher conferences. Set aside time to meet with your children’s teachers if the school does not have them. Inquire about your children’s progress and go through their homework. Please let the instructors know how and when you want to be contacted. Finally, inquire about how you might help your children learn at home.
- Go to the classrooms. Seeing what is going on in your children’s classrooms firsthand can help you remain updated about what they are learning at school.
- Join the PTA or another parent organization. Attend school functions such as back-to-school night. As a collective, parents may assist schools in achieving their objectives.
- Keep an eye on what your children are studying at school. Be aware of what kids need to know in order to achieve the grade level requirements.
- If you have any issues, please contact the school.
Reading to your children, checking homework every night, restricting television watching on school evenings, or just asking your children about their school day are all examples of parental engagement.
Whatever your degree of participation, do it consistently and on a regular basis because it will make a significant impact in the lives of your children.