Being involved in your child’s education is crucial to their academic success. Research has shown that engaged parents have students with better grades and fewer disciplinary problems at school.
Here are some easy ways that you get involved with your child’s school and support his or her academic achievement!
Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences
What is a Parent-Teacher Conference?
A Parent–teacher conference is a meeting between a child’s teachers and parents. The meetings take place at school, typically after-school, and usual happen one to three times per year. They are brief meetings, only lasting about 10–30 minutes. Conferences are typically scheduled in advance and are on the school calendar.
Conferences focus on learning, although your child's behavioral and social development also might be discussed. You will probably hear feedback about your child's progress and areas of need.
Why should attend Parent-Teacher Conferences?
A parent–teacher conference is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and open the line of communications with them. It will provide you with insight how your child is performing and areas of academic strength and weakness, allowing you to talk to your child about these areas and provide additional supports. It will allow you to help your child perform their best in school.
Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences
Don’t be afraid to ask for a translator. Just let the school know in advance that you need one.
Review any recent tests or progress reports and ask your child how they are doing in school, or if there is anything that they want you to discuss with the teachers.
Share information about your child, their interests and aspirations, with the teachers.
Join a Parent Group
Most schools have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or similar group.
What is a Parent Teacher Group and what do they do?
A Parent Teacher Group is a group of parents with children in the same school, that meet regularly to support and speak on behalf of children in the schools.
Why should you join a parent group?
Represent voice of your child and community!
You’ll learn more about the school and help make important decisions and provide feedback on the impact of those decisions. You’ll be a role model and set a good example for your child. In addition, you’ll demonstrate that your child’s education is a priority to you.
Pave the way for other Latino parents to get involved!