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19 Proven Tips for Getting Parents Involved at School

19 Proven Tips for Getting Parents Involved at School

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Parent involvement in their children's education can be one of the biggest predictors of student success. This guide offers 19 proven strategies for increasing family engagement and strengthening the home-to-school connection. 

The recommendations were contributed by the educators and parents of the two great communities at and

Always remember to keep trying new things as you work together with families to build a culture of engagement at your school. We hope you find this guide useful, and if you have any tips to add, share them in the comments below.

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Just Pinned this to remind me to send it out in the fall!

Monica55's picture

I really like the point about accomodating the family needs. We tend to focus on this a lot in my school last few months.

Debi Lewis's picture

These are excellent ideas....have tried/done them all, but teaching in a very low socio-economic school, families are just not involved no matter what we do. We have tried and cried for years with no success. We cannot ask our parents or students for anything (per district)....not even a binder. I am in the 3rd week of school and have spent over $250.00 of my own money. My wish is the Edutopia would have contributing authors who talk about "real" school...

Rita C.'s picture
Rita C.
High school Spanish teacher from Mississippi

It's great to see this. Parental involvement is the topic of my current doctoral studies.

justindeming's picture

I like the idea of accommodating family needs. This is a critical issue that tends to go unnoticed, sometimes.

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