Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56Strategies to make the vision a reality ◆ Opportunities for parental involvement Parents have chances to connect with their children’s schools, classrooms, and other learning opportunities. Educators can include parents as content experts for learning activities at school and can provide parents with activities so students can extend their learning at home. Listen to families first rather than developing and sending messages that don’t resonate or motivate. Effective parent involvement programs include activities that are addressed by the following National PTA Standards: • Collaborating with the community – Community resources are used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning. • Communicating – Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful. • Parenting – Parenting skills are promoted and supported. • School decision-making and advocacy – Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families. • Student Learning – Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning. • Volunteering – Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought ◆ Parental education Schools and districts offer classes for parents so they better understand the school’s expectations for students, the transformed opportunities for learning, and know how to access information about their students’ progress towards mastery of standards. Focus on building relationships with families, rather than only providing programs. ◆ Data portals To be active partners in their children’s education, parents need access to current information about their students’ learning and achievement. Technology can provide ready access to up-to-date information about students’ learning activities, their mastery of standards, and resources to help students make progress. ◆ Training for educators Educators need training and support to understand how to best to reach parents, to solicit information from parents to better tailor learning opportunities for each student, and to leverage the strengths of parents from every background. It is the education system’s responsibility to find the key adult in the life of each student and create and sustain a meaningful relationship with that adult. ◆ Student leadership opportunities Providing students with the opportunity to lead and the responsibility to learn, will put students in a very good position to master standards. Broaden coalitions of families that are focused on students’ success as a focal point for strengthening developmental relationships. Involve Students and Parents [continued] 31 | WWW.CAPSS.ORG