How to Get Involved at Your Child's School

Written by: GEMS World Academy Chicago

Educational research and anecdotal stories all agree that parental involvement in their child’s learning is hugely influential and can impact strongly on their success in school. Yet, very few schools truly have exemplary and interactive relationships with their parents and make the most of this key partnership.

How can we promote this within our schools? Here are a few small steps to begin this conversation.

1.  Talk to the teacher. Do not ever be afraid of the perception of being a ‘pushy parent’. Every teacher knows that by poolingknowledge, it is easier to teach, support and challenge your child. With a mutual respect for our roles as teachers and parents, that communication will soon become enriching, informative and powerful.

2.  Parental engagement should go beyond the role of fundraiser within the school to impact your child’s learning and achievement. Supporting learning at home is a key factor in progress. Schools will happily share their pedagogical knowledge with you to ensure your have the tools to do this effectively at different stages of development and learning.  

3.  In turn, share your expertise with the school and allow them to tap into your reams of knowledge and experience which can bring the curriculum alive.

4.  Teachers are aware that it takes a strong relationship to entrust another adult with your child, their well-being and their education. Get to know their teachers, share information about your child and it will be much easier to share this responsibility with them.

I look forward to working with parents in Chicago to create a school which engages all, has positive relationships which lead to student success and a warm, happy and caring school community to which we are all proud to belong. A key factor in joining the GEMS' team was that the parental role is recognized and integral within our schools; in parent cafés, our parental website, Parental Engagement Week, and most importantly, in the relationships between parents and teachers.

Posted on February 03, 2014 at 1:12 PM