Teachers and Parents: Together We Can Make a Difference
The Washington Teachers’ Union recognizes that learning is a shared responsibility that extends far beyond the walls of the classroom and often, begins at home. Teachers and parents are partners in ensuring the academic success of students. The WTU recently released a series of radio advertisements to increase awareness on the importance of parent-teacher communication and partnerships that extend beyond parent-teacher conferences and formal school functions.
Research shows that children are more successful in school when parents are in constant communication with teachers and become involved in the school. Family engagement outcomes include:
· Reduced drop-out rates and higher graduation rates1
· Increased academic achievement2
· Better attitudes towards learning3
· Better social skills and less conduct problems4
Tips and resources for parents to begin effectively collaborating with teachers and support their child’s learning
Preparing your child for a successful school day
A successful school day begins the night before. Make sure your child has plenty of rest and begins the great habit of going to bed each night with a book to read. In the morning, make sure your child is able to have a nutritious breakfast and start their day with positive words of encouragement. Nutrition and wellness play an often overlooked, but important role in a student’s academic success.
Health and Wellness resources:
Helping with homework and understanding standardized tests
Learning extends far beyond the walls of the classroom and you can support your child’s education at home. When your child comes home from school, always ask: what did you learn at school today? Then ask them to demonstrate their new skill. Incorporate learning in everyday life like weighing produce and measuring items at the grocery store. Monitor your child’s progress on standardized tests and understand what they mean—and what they do not.
A month-by-month guide filled with the advice, tools, and online resources you'll need to help your children have a school year packed with fun and learning.
What parents can do to support children's learning at all ages.
Getting involved in your child’s school
Today, parents are busier than ever. Take time out to visit your child’s school to meet and talk to teachers and school administrators to learn how you can support your child and the school community. If you cannot make it into the school, you can always send a note to the teacher and correspond via email or written letters.