Participation strategies for parents and the community

Washoe County School District - parent involvement in schools (Part 2)

Washoe County School District – parent involvement in schools (Part 2)

Students from Washoe County (US) schools share their views about the value of parent participation (FLV, 6:00 mins). Click through to Youtube to learn more about Washoe County School District.

  • Take an active interest in the school's program of events and activities. Talk to your children and their teachers to decide which activities may best support their earning needs and interests.
  • Share your own interests, knowledge and skills with the school and discuss with your children's teachers how these could be drawn on to support learning in the classroom or across the school.
  • Volunteer to help out with school learning experiences, school events and extracurricular activities.
  • Work with student leaders on ways to promote widespread and sustained parent and community participation.
  • Participate respectfully and constructively in discussions with other parents, in informal settings out of school hours or through formal spaces provided by the school.
  • Participate in school activities in ways that are appropriate for your children's ages and stages of development. For example:

Prep-2

Attend school assemblies.

Volunteer to help in classrooms and take the opportunity to discuss with the teacher the approaches used to support learning.

Ask the school about opportunities for other family members to share in students learning experiences (e.g. Grandparents Day, siblings and cousins).

Years 3-6

Offer your expertise of parents and community members to support emerging areas of student interest and need (e.g. literacy, numeracy, science, health and physical education).

Years 7-9

Volunteer to assist in school operations (e.g. sports days, tuckshop/uniform/bookstore) and enlist other parents to help.

Talk to your children about ways you can participate in their school life that are meaningful but respectful of their growing need for independence. Discuss these with the school.

Years 10-12

Offer to support specialised school activities such as school plays, science expos, sports days, etc.

Offer to work with student leaders on ways to promote widespread and sustained parent and community participation.

Offer to assist school/community collaborative programs that support students in school-work transitions such as internships, work experience and professional mentoring.

Last reviewed
14 December 2015
Last updated
14 December 2015

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