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Getting Parents Engaged with School

Getting Parents Engaged with School

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Last night, we had a meeting at the high school to talk about our STEM program and also about Digital Citizenship. While it was well attended by administrators, very few parents actually attended, and it was all the familiar faces that attend every meeting.

We're going to try some novel approaches to parent engagement in the coming months, including everything from videos online, allowing remote access to meetings. email newsletters and more. What approaches work well for your school? How do you get parents information they need, or even to become interested in subjects like digital citizenship that can actually affect their kid's job or college application process?

It seems like parents may be most engaged at transition times and at the beginning of the school year. We'd like to build relationships that are ongoing and not episodic, and built on openness and collaboration instead of crisis management. We know this will take time.

What do you think might help? What has worked best in your school? Does the messenger matter? Is it best coming from the teacher or from the school, or District as a whole? Is it better coming from other parents?

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