Parent Engagement

Module objectives: Teachers will

  • be familiar with the School2Home parent training components
  • understand the importance of parent involvement in student learning
  • learn to use various communication/engagements methods to get and keep parents involved
Parent Involvement - a YouTube video 
  • Pair-share - Discuss with partner:
    • What is the current parent involvement at this school?
    • In your classroom?
    • What impressed you about the video?
  • Group share
Edutopia's Home-to-School Connections Guide Investigation - Jigsaw Activity
  • Teachers break into 10 groups with each group reading one section of the guide, also reviewing the related resources links.
  • Each group adds summaries to the proper section of the collaborative Google doc.
Educational activities for the home 
Teacher Website 
  • Teachers read this PTO article on parent involvement in middle schools, and
  • Update parent corner of teacher website, using suggestions from TIPS, the Home-to-School Guide, the Family Resources, and the PTO article.
Magic Moment - Google Translate

Next Steps: 
  • Teachers reflect on the module's objectives and how they apply to their teaching practice.
  • If appropriate, teachers should post on their website in multiple languages.
  • Teachers incorporate one activity using one of the family resources.

Follow-Up suggestions:
  • At department meetings, teachers could continue the discussion of using the educational resources outlined in this module.
  • The school can create a list of suggested communication activities to engage parents by individual departments or as an entire school.
  • Coaches could offer Professional Development on using the teacher website for parent engagement.
  • In preparation for Module 3, school coaches could provide professional development on CCSS and technology’s role in support of students’ success in meeting the new standards.
  • Teachers continue to share resources and experiences with other School2Home colleagues and teachers throughout the state of CA at the Brokers of Expertise website.


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