Designing parent engagement strategies
In addition to engaging students, your team should consider how to engage and involve parents and guardians.
- How will your team encourage parents to be active in the classroom and throughout the school?
- What structures will be put in place to engage parents in meaningful, two-way interactions about student learning?
- Will your team ask parents to participate meaningfully in teacher interviews and evaluation and/or to serve on the school governance council (as existing teams have done)?
- Will your team reach out to parents through culturally inclusive activities? Some teams ask parents to plan activities related to the cultures of their families in order to gain their trust. For example, in one school with a high percentage of students whose families are immigrants from Mexico, teams ask parents to plan celebrations for holidays like Day of the Dead.
Sample family handbooks