The Keys to Successful

School, Family and Community Partnership

Joyce L. Epstien:  Six Types of Parent Involvment

Parenting

Parents should provide a safe and healthful learning environment with supervision and guidance as well as proper discipline.  This involves helping the children become confident inside and outside the home. It is the parents' responsibility to instill a positive attitude and respect for school and learning.

Communicating

Parents and the children's school need open and constant communication to thrive and reach their optimum levels of work. This includes notes to the teachers, conferenes withe teachers and other school staff, attending school orientations and open houses, phone calls and regular newsletters.

Volunteering

Ideally, parents should find some way to support their children's education by volunteering. This can include being a room parent, helping with administrative work, or fundraising. Other ways to support the school are helping with sporting events, school plays or concerts and being on councils orboards. Schools can do an annual mail survey to let the parents know what is needed and to learnwhat skills and interests the parents can offer.

Learning at Home

Parents can support their children's learning by continuing the efforts at home. This involves listening to the children, having regular conversations, reading together, doing homework, going on trips and having family outings. Schools can provide information to the parents to let them knowhow they can reinforce the chilren's learning. This also involves goal setting.

Decision Making

Working witht he school and helping make decisions through participating in parent groups and teams with the school system can help the children. This can be done at all levels, including the school, district, state, and national levels.

Collaborating with the Community

Parents should work with the community to boost the learning possibilities of the children. Some examples of community involvement can include businesses, services organizations, faith groups, and government agencies. Integration of all resources will enhance the children's education and givethe community more of a sense of participation. 


Parenting

= supporting, rearing, nurturing

Communicating

= overseeing, reviewing, relating

Volunteering

= supervising, fostering

Learning at Home

= rewarding, recognizing, managing

Decision Making

= considering, contributing, judging

Collaborating with the Community

= giving, sharing