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What is the best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement?

Jul 3, 2017 12:23pm

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    • Jul 4, 2017 1:33pm

      Always through what is most dear to them, their children. Student-led conferences are a great way to get secondary parents into the school.

      • Jul 21, 2017 8:44pm

        The best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement is through communication. Parent/Guardian communication improves understanding of how learning is taking place in their child’s classroom and up to date on what they are doing. When Parents/Guardians know and understand the learning environment, they are more likely to support their child’s learning. However, the next step is how we will implement communication. There are several ways to connect with the parent/guardian. You can communicate through Classroom Newsletter, Phone Call, Parent Conferences and Home Visits. Communication through technology is very relevant, so email, text message, or social media is available. We can communicate through various resources, but remember, there will always be limitations for some parents/guardians, regardless of how we decide to communicate. Whether, the limitation involves work schedule, childcare, transportation, access to a phone, technology availability, etc. Therefore, I suggest, “What works best for the Parent/Guardian first”. Connecting with parents is very vital in building teacher, student and parent/guardian relationships. Parents/Guardians need to trust that you are willing to work with them as well as their child. Teachers need to reach parents where they are and see how they can contribute to the classroom/school in some manner that works for them. Last, but critically important to continuous parental engagement is to encourage, support, and respect the parents when they do attend and contribute to classroom or school activities.

        • Jul 22, 2017 11:18am

          Open communication is the best and most important way to gain parental engagement. Show the parents you care about their child's education as much as they do. Keeping the parents informed on activities and assignments tells the parents you want them to be involved. If they know you care and you want them involved that will mean a lot to a parent. You should also highlight the students achievements with positive notes or text to the parents. This is a great way to show the parents you want them to know the good as well as the not so good. If all your communication is negative they will not want to be engaged they will just want the semester or year to be over.

          • Jul 25, 2017 9:57am

            I feel there is no one best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement other than to keep the lines of communication open and show parents their children are more to you than just behavioral reports and grades. Speaking as a parent, there is nothing worse than wondering what in the world my child is learning and having to chase down a teacher or repeatedly message them in order to get answers. Include parents in classroom activities by asking for volunteers to assist in events or by having parental inclusion as part of a homework assignment. Communicate with parents early and often. Keep them updated with what the class has been working on through newsletters, Twitter feeds, ClassDojo, or Facebook pages and send positive reports on student progress via email or ClassDojo or text messages. Every parent believes their child is the best kid in the world. Affirm that belief by bragging on accomplishments great and small. Constant positive feedback is incredibly encouraging to parents and makes them feel as if you truly invested in their child.

            • Jul 25, 2017 11:17am

              I think the best way to get parents engaged is to create excitement for the students. We obviously have to communicate with parents and make an effort to keep them in the loop, but it would be all the more effective if it was coming from their son or daughter. If the student is enjoying learning in a certain class, the parents will know what is going in class because their student is telling them all the time. Then, when the parents get emails or updates, they will already have context behind and will be genuinely interested.

              • Jul 25, 2017 1:20pm

                I think by talking to each parent... getting to know them... trying to remember things about them and their student helps build a solid trust between one another but I think the key to this is when you have the student go home and talk about the impact that you as a teacher has made on them... the parents notice. Through experience I have seen the most positive response between parents and their childrens teachers... it is when the teacher communicates often with the parents... It is so refreshing to see my daughters teacher try to keep up with not only her school life but also her personal life. I think really... it is about being friendly, approachable, and developing trust with one another. Communication is easy when you can trust the person you are talking to.

                • Jul 25, 2017 1:35pm

                  The best way to gain active parental engagement is by going out of your way to make them feel as if you care. If parents don't like you they won't put much effort into helping your class, or try to make situations worse. If you go out of your way to make them think that you care then they will probably do more to be active in your class. Going out of your way to: call them when their kids do well, meeting them in person, or asking their advice can go along way. Actively take time to make them feel like you are thinking of their child, and their, best interest. That will lead not to just active engagement, but genuine engagement.

                  • Jul 25, 2017 2:48pm

                    Teachers should always focus on ways to better connect to students and get a sense of their strengths, personalities and areas in which to improve. Parents will come to understand that the teacher's focus remains on their child and doing all that they can to ensure the best possible educational outcomes. This approach to student learning lends itself well to the time when teachers need parental support in the classroom for class functions, etc. But perhaps most importantly, teachers should find those times where 'small moments' of student excellence have occurred in the classroom. These should be shared with parents so that when difficult conversations need to take place, the relationship between parents and the teacher has already been built based upon trust.

                    • Jul 25, 2017 10:20pm

                      The best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement is to be proactive in communicating. Parents may feel caught off guard if the first time a teacher communicates with them is with negative feedback about his or her student. Teachers should introduce themselves to parents at the beginning of the year through an email, phone call, letter, or face-to-face meeting. Then teachers should try to communicate a positive comment about the student to his or her parent within the first few weeks of school so that the parent can see the teacher’s interest in his or her student’s well-being. The teacher should also be available for parent contact through email, phone, or social media.

                      • Jul 25, 2017 10:37pm

                        I think the best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement is through communication and engaging the students. It is important that as the teacher we keep communication open with the parents/guardians of our students. This begins with the welcome letter to class and continues throughout the year. The teacher should be proactive in his or her communication with parents. Letting parents know at the beginning of the school year, that you are there for questions and concerns with their student and your classroom. I like the idea of sending out a weekly newsletter that breaks down what happened in your class this week and what homework should have been completed. This allows parents to stay engaged and to reach out to you when needed. I also feel that engaging the student can be really effective in having authentic parental engagement. When their child comes home and tells them all of the things that happened in your class, this will make the parents engaged in their child learning.

                        • Jul 26, 2017 12:04pm

                          I feel like the best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement is through communication and opportunities. We have the best chance at having active, engaged parents if we communicate with them and keep them up to date on everything going on in the classroom, but also by inviting the parents to help in any way. Some parents may be more shy than others and just communicating with them will only let them know there is an activity occurring, so as the teacher, we must also invite the parents to take part in the various classroom activities and field trips. Making a website or having a sign up sheet outside the classroom door that include all the opportunities for parents to volunteer are both great ways to attempt to gain genuine, active parental engagement. We really just have to try our best to keep communication channels open with parents and allow them the opportunities to become engaged.

                          • Jul 27, 2017 2:06am

                            Gaining genuine, active parental engagement is one of the most important tools we can have as an educator. Parents are extremely passionate about their students and if they see us have the same passion and care for their children, then it will be easy for them to become involved and stay involved. Building rapport is key to creating this trust between parents and students alike, and one way we can extend communication and make our classroom feel welcoming to parents is by keeping in contact on a regular basis. Applications such as Remind or weekly newsletters, emails, or occasional phone calls make regular updates easy for the teacher and the parents alike. When parents are drawn in to what is happening in the classroom, they will feel more connected and attached. When we have active, involved parents on our team, we cannot lose. This way, education can extend from the four walls of the classroom and into the homes and community. Parents can provide valuable resources and input that can make our classroom run much smoother when they are involved.

                            • Jul 27, 2017 11:50am

                              Gaining parental engagement is critical to the success of the student. Students are more likely to stay focused and involved in academics if their parent put a higher quality on education. Informing parents is a great foundation for keeping parents engaged. Allowing parents to have open access to online classroom information, weekly agendas, and monthly progress reports make parents aware of what is taken place inside the classroom. Along with open access to classroom agendas, the teacher should also make time to communicate with the parents. If teachers make themselves available parents will be more likely to check on their students’ progress or address any concerns. As with the students, open communication and honest will create a great environment for engagement.

                              • Jul 27, 2017 4:39pm

                                I think that in order to have genuine parental engagement you have to first reach out to the parents showing them that you want them involved in their student's classroom. Creating avenues and opportunities for students to be involved in their student's classroom through the use of apps and social media platforms helps to bridge the gap between teacher, student, and parent. Parents, if given the opportunity, will be more willing to participate in their student's education.

                                Teachers can also use projects where parents are asked to participate in part or some of the assignment can also allow for parent participation. I have personal experience with this method and have seen the success it can bring. Several times in high school we were assigned projects where our parents were asked to participate. These projects not only involved parents in a take home assignment but also indirectly made the parents more involved in the class and the student's education as a whole.

                                • Jul 27, 2017 4:47pm

                                  Communication is the best way to gain active parental engagement. We need to always assume the best in our students and the same goes for their parents or guardians. Reach out to parents before school starts if possible. Sending a postcard saying how happy you are to get to know their child and be their teacher starts things on a positive note. Some parents may not be able to come to an open house or every event due to work or caring for a child or relative. Have a weekly or bi-weekly way to keep parents/guardians up to date with class events and assignments. Give parents a convenient time and way to reach you to ask questions or voice concerns. Offer opportunities for parents to volunteer time or resources to the class. Send home positive notes weekly to let parents participate in their child's successes. Additionally, if a negative note has to be sent home, it won't be the first time a parent has heard from you. Parents/guardians are your partners in your students' education. Meeting them where they are and keeping the lines of communication open welcomes parents/guardians into the classroom arena.

                                  • Jul 27, 2017 6:47pm

                                    I believe the best way to gain genuine, active parental engagement is to start at the beginning of the year and stay consistent throughout the school year. A letter home to the parents on day one is important. This letter should introduce you as the teacher, describe the course, and include information for how you can be contacted and how you will keep the students and parents updated.
                                    During the year, we should make a point to reach out to parents consistently to keep them informed of what their students are doing in class. By doing this, we can encourage them to be on the same team and help keep students on track. Showing them that we appreciate their support is crucial!

                                    • Jul 27, 2017 7:17pm

                                      I think the best way to build that parental engagement in your classroom is to involve them into their child's work and life in the classroom. The one things that the parents miss during the day are their children, so just imagine if they got little updates during the day of your activities and accomplishments your class is making. With the aid of technology you can keep parents in the loop by using any desired apps that you think will be the best platform to keep the parents engaged. I think its also important to show them that you care about their child individually. It would be good to give them written letter updates on how their child is doing and what they have accomplished so far during the school year. Maybe, show them some of their best work or even send them a class activity day video of the class and how much fun they were having. This way the parents can engage their children outside of the classroom and be actively engaged in their school life. Always be reaching out to parents because they are just important to the children's success as you are.

                                      • Jul 27, 2017 8:05pm

                                        There are several ways to engage with the student's caregivers. The most of important factor, of course, is maintaining the lines of communication. There are several ways to do this. You could send out a weekly classroom newsletter. You could also transform the newsletter into a classroom blog. More direct ways of communication include telephone calls, conferences, texts, e-mails and other social media. I am a fan of Class Dojo. It is an excellent app to keep parents informed of upcoming events and assignments. It is also a way to share pictures and videos of class projects. I have used this app in my current position as a Para and also as a parent. It is really easy to use and the students, parents, and teachers all seem to enjoy it. Parents also seem to respond more when they know that you are genuinely concerned about their child. They see that you really want THEIR child to succeed!

                                        • Jul 27, 2017 9:26pm

                                          Creating opportunities for parents to communicate easily and visit the classroom often are two key strategies for genuine parental involvement. Speaking as a parent, some teachers can give off a vibe that the classroom is their domain and that the minimum parent-teacher conferences will be more than enough involvement from you. Good teachers create and communicate an environment that not only makes parents feels welcome, but explains how their engagement will help benefit their student and the rest of the class. Using sign-up apps for parental engagement on party day, reading day, award assemblies, and school carnival are great invitations to become a visible and engaged parent. When it comes to student progress discussions, a practice of open, honest, and frequent updates is a great way to keep parent dialogue open. Parents are busy, so online communication is a great way to increase frequency while keeping scheduling conflicts to a minimum. These strategies will work for many, but not all parents. For some parents, offering alternative approaches or accommodations may be needed to increase engagement. Home visits, translators, and hosting parent resource nights are a few other good strategies to engage parents that may need alternatives channels to participate. Above all, your parents need to understand that you are focused on creating a caring and successful learning experience for their child and that their partnership will make that even more successful.

                                          • Jul 27, 2017 11:00pm

                                            There are many great ways to gain active parental engagement. For starters, communicating with them is very important and sometimes can do the trick. However, sometimes just reaching out to them is not enough to really get them excited and actively engaged. I think the best way to gain active parental engagement is to express how much you care about each student’s success during class and build a great bond and great trust with each student. This leads to that student trusting you and loving your class, or at least how you conduct the class, and that leads to the parents trusting you and wanting to become involved and engaged in what you are doing. They can see how much of a difference and a positive impact you are making on their child and they appreciate that and want to do what it takes to continue that positive attitude towards education that is being instilled in their child.