An Effort to Bring Parents & Schools Closer Together

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines parental engagement with schools as “parents and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents.”

The Department of Education’s goal to build positive relationships between families, school staff & administrators have clearly been shown in the offering of these webinars. These relationships are critical when it concerns the process of successful learning and healthy development of our nations children. Some beneficial links to these relationships include better psycho-social functioning, better academic performance and achievement among children grades K-12. Another positive link would be increased school safety.

The webinar reviews the importance of parents engaging with schools that goes hand-in-hand with emphasizing effective strategies for increasing parental engagement throughout all levels of schooling. Not only will effective strategies be mentioned but also methods of review for parents and families when students are performing above average and struggling, along with addressing barriers such as hard-to-reach parents and families.

The webinars will take place on May 1, 4:00-5:30pm ET & May 2, 11:00am-12:30pm ET, and be accompanied by real world perspectives from school administrators and staff currently in the field. They will share challenges, success and lessons learned regarding parent/family engagement.

By the end of the free webinars, the audience will be able to recognize the benefits of parents engaging in schools along with strategies to improve the nature of parent/families-to-school relationships. A final goal reached by attending the webinar will be to implement strategies in which students are positive enforced during times of above average performance and reinforced learning in times of struggle.

Source: http://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/index.php?id=9&eid=1759

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