EPATT parents are very ACTIVE! This quarter, EPATT parents attended school field trips, visited classrooms, volunteered at school wide events, attended college tours with their children, communicated with teachers via email, and much more!
For the New Year, EPATT is challenging parents to become even MORE involved in their children’s education. Research has shown that parent involvement that focuses on student learning has a greater effect on achievement than more general (passive) forms of involvement*.
So in 2016 we are encouraging parents to be more focused on doing activities like:
- Finding out from teachers how to work with your children at home on school material
- Checking student homework for accuracy, thoroughness, and legibility
- Talking with your child about college and future
- Discussing your expectations for student behavior, effort, and learning
- Communicating with your children and giving them opportunities to have conversations with you
- Doing activities at home that reinforce what students are learning in school
The EPATT Winter break packets are one way to get involved in helping your children develop or review important skills. So please don’t just tell your children to do their homework, but do it with them or talk to them about what they are learning or having difficulty with.
This type of parent involvement will go a long way toward students and families achieving their goal of student success now and in the future! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
*(Ann T Henderson, Karyn L. Mapp, “A New Wave of Evidence The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement,” SEDL Advancing Research, Improving Education, Annual Synthesis (2002).