Parents, keep in touch with your child's school

Research indicates children whose parents are involved in the educational process outperform children whose parents are not. According to a PTA/Dodge National Survey of household heads with at least one child in school, 92 percent of parents say they talk to their children about school, yet only 17 percent talk to their children’s teachers.

For parents with children at risk of failure or dropping out of school, it is especially important to stay in touch with teachers. Establish communication with teachers early in the year and maintain relationships throughout the academic year. Make it a priority to attend a parent-teacher conference at school, even if you cannot make it to regular PTA meetings.

If you can find the time, schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher before the first quarter report cards are issued requesting grade averages, test scores, number of absences, tardies and any “special comments.” Tell the teacher you want to be kept informed of progress and, more importantly, that you want to be alerted when there is a problem or a concern about your child’s school performance. Ask if the teacher recommends enrichment or remediation in any areas.

Let your employer know that you have a quarterly meeting with your child’s teachers, and that it is important to attend. Curriculum leaders in education emphasize strong parent-teacher relationships as the foundation of a productive and positive school year. To request a free copy of “How to Talk to Your School Counselor,” call (253) 838-0507.

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