How to Engage with Parents for Child Growth and Development

How to Engage with Parents for Child Growth and Development?

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Want to know what is the one main indication of a successful school? Well, the answer although unpredictable is simple, a high rate of parent engagement. Parent involvement can be considered one of the major factors in the success and achievements of not only the students but also the school.

A large number of parents believe that they have a lot to offer when it comes to making a considerable difference in their child’s academic and learning progress. But the sad part is most of them think they do not get enough opportunities to support their kid’s education. 

So what do you do in such cases? What exactly needs to be done to increase the rate of parent engagement? Well, this is exactly what we are going to focus on in this article. We are going to focus on strategies that will help increase family or parent involvement at school.

Strategies For Improving Communications Between School and Home

Most schools have made significant improvements in increasing the communication frequency with parents. With the help of digital tools, it has become easier to keep parents updated on a day-to-day basis on their child’s activities and improvements.

However, these tools can turn out to be overwhelming to parents as they don’t always understand the information clearly.

Below are mentioned some challenges that parents tend to face commonly

  • A lot of times, school communications are only available via computer and not on mobile devices. This makes it easy for busy working parents to end up overlooking it.
  • Parents aren’t aware of all the buzzwords going on in the education industry. So, while communicating, it is normal to miss out on understanding the actual meaning of all the educational jargon.
  • Students tend to have more than one teacher teaching them in school. Now each of these teachers might use a different tool to communicate with the parents. For busy or not-so-tech-savvy parents keeping updated on all these tools might seem confusing and overwhelming.
  • Sometimes parents find it difficult to process all the information they are getting from the teachers. Because let’s face it one child can have up to eight teachers and all this information pouring in can make it difficult to prioritize and sort.

Often all the communication and information happen in only one language preferably English or Hindi. A lot of parents might not feel comfortable in any of these two and might end up feeling left out or side-lined.

Helpful strategies to establish productive and positive communication between the school and parents:

1. Frequent and Short Communications

Starting the year with a long communication and then ending the term with a long recap of the year will lead to parents getting bombarded with too much information.

This will only lead to confusion and misunderstandings. To solve this problem school communications and assessments need to be more frequent and concise to ensure parents are always in the loop.

2. Decide On One Communication Tool

Principals need to conduct a communication audit to ensure smooth communication with the parents. Clear instructions need to be provided on the usage of one particular tool to make it easier for the parents. Deciding on one platform allows educators, faculty, and staff members to increase success rates when it comes to engaging parents more often.

3. Build Strong Relationships

Teachers need to build healthy and strong relationships with parents to foster trust and keep building the relationship throughout the term year.

Schools need to make sure that parents get ample opportunities to build a bond with their kid’s support network, which often includes teachers, learning specialists, and other staff members.

4. Invite Parents to the School 

Educators need to have a proper understanding of the parent body of the school. It is important to learn about them. This is why inviting the parents over to school is a great idea.

This way parents can share information about the child’s weaknesses and strengths, their support system, and behaviours at home. This will allow teachers to be fully equipped when it comes to handling student needs.

Also Read: 5 reasons why a physical learning environment is the best for students in the long run

 

5. Provide Positive and Actionable Information

Providing the necessary information to parents to keep them updated is important. But schools need to make sure that the information they are sharing is focused on upcoming events, homework, and assignments.

This will allow parents to take the necessary actions to prepare the kids. A lot of parents tend to be scared of phone calls from school. So, it’s necessary to find opportunities to convey good news too.

Parents getting involved is very important in students’ development, learning, and overall success in life and career. And the key to productive and positive parent engagement is efficient and effective communication.

A good school communication plan revolves around faculty members and teachers conveying all the necessary information in an easily accessible way. This ensures that parents have access to and understand all the opportunities that the school is providing. This ultimately helps transform school communications and experience an improved level of parent involvement.

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