Reaching out to all parents and care givers is an essential part of family engagement. Many parents ask how they can be involved and support student learning, but not all do. Whether parents reach out to the school or not it is the school’s staff responsibility to reach out to parents so they can more clearly understand their role in student achievement. Outreach takes on many forms of communication using face to face interactions, electronic means such as email and social media, phone calls, paper flyers and postal communications in multiple languages.
Karen Mapp1, “The Joining Process”
Welcoming – Families are made to feel at home, comfortable and a part of the school community.
Honoring – Family members are respected, validated and affirmed for any type of involvement or contribution they make.
Connecting – School staff and families put children at the center and connect on education issues of common interest designed to improve educational opportunities for the children.
It is based on four core beliefs:
- All parents have dreams for their children and want the best for them.
- All parents have the capacity to support their children's learning.
- Parents and school staff should be equal partners.
- The responsibility for building partnerships between school and home rests primarily with school staff, especially school leaders.
1 Mapp, K.L. 2003. Having their say: Parents describe why and how they are engaged in their children's learning.School Community Journal, Volume 13, Number 1