Tips & Tools
Tips and Tools to use in classrooms, schools and districts.
- Entrance way visible; signs from parking lot lead person to door or gathering place for activity
- Parking spaces are reserved for parents/family members
- Welcome signs are in multiple languages
- Receptionist greets people with voice and gestures (body language)
- A parent or family room is available for informal meetings, borrowing books or videos/DVDs to support student development and learning, access family support services and resources.
- Suggestions box or other means of soliciting family, community member and staff input about effective ways to work together, student success and other issues
- Observation areas are available for parents to observe classroom experiences without disrupting the class. Opportunities to observe lessons with a debrief time are made available
Ways to help parents support student learning
- Explain standards and expectations; describe the curriculum.
- Show parents the materials used in the classroom, particularly if text books are kept at school.
- Give examples of different levels of work and highlight the work that meets the expectations for the assignment. Describe the reasons it does and does not.
- Give parents questions that they can ask children as prompts when completing homework or reading a book.
- Talk with parents about their child’s interests, and discuss ways to extend classroom learning using those interests.
- Encourage communication among the three of you: teacher, student and parent through journals, face to face meetings and email communications.
4 Versions of Family-School Partnerships
Developed by Anne T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, and Don Davies, authors of Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships.