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

Jul 4, 2017 3:23am

  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / New Teachers

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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.

          • 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.

            • 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.

              • 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.

                • 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.

                  • 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.

                    • 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.

                      • 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.