parents feel welcome.
the first time a parent comes to school is when a child is in trouble.
Schools can help reduce tensions by making friendly initial contacts
with parents. Schools can also reduce distrust by arranging contacts
in neutral settings off school grounds. Home visits by family liaison
personnel can be particularly helpful. Some programs have used home-school
coordinators to run weekly clubs for parents, helping to build parenting
skills and trust between families and schools. Schools might also
encourage parents, teachers, and students to meet at the beginning
of the school year to agree on goals and develop a common understanding.
For more information,
ideas, and publications, visit the
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education,
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Involve Families | Learn to Communicate
| Encourage Parental Participation | Welcome Parents
| Overcome Language Barriers | Use Technology