When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for college, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, their children do better in school. When schools engage families in ways that are linked to improving learning, students make greater gains. When schools build partnerships with families that respond to their concerns and honor their contributions, they are successful in sustaining connections that are aimed at improving student achievement. (see study here) The connection also needs to be strong in the other direction -- our schools need to be excellent partners, too. Teachers and parents need to be strategic allies in a child's education. Parents (who know their child's unique needs, personality, and learning preferences) and teachers (who have tremendous experience helping all kinds of students learn) should work together so that learning in and out of school is most effective.
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