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Learn why parents and teachers may be the perfect partnership. We all know: Teachers can’t do it all. A student’s success depends on the student, the teacher and the support at home — whether parents, grandparents or an older sibling. In fact, Harvard Professor Robert Putnam said he would rather se

Oct 21, 2019


Learn why parents and teachers may be the perfect partnership.


We all know: Teachers can’t do it all. A student’s success depends on the student, the teacher and the support at home — whether parents, grandparents or an older sibling. In fact, Harvard Professor Robert Putnam said he would rather see an increase of 10 percent parent participation over a 10 percent school budget increase, according to an article from Purdue University.

In the same article, it’s determined 1 in 3 parents are not involved in their child’s school or education. However, two thirds of teachers say students would do better in school with increased parent participation. 

There are a number of ways you can increase parent participation inside the classroom and out. Here are just a couple of ideas:

  • Call a parent when his or her child has a great day in class.

  • Keep families informed with a classroom newsletter.

  • Invite parents to volunteer in a classroom activity. 

  • Share your contact info with parents and remind them that you welcome their questions.

  • Show appreciation for parents via thank-you cards or even a simple email.



How have you improved parent involvement in your classroom? Share your best tips in the comments below!

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