Research shows a strong link between parent involvement and student achievement. First impressions are very important in building positive working relationships with parents. As you plan for the start of a new school year, try implementing one of these tips to make a good first impression with your parents.
- Before the first day of class, mail a principal’s welcome message to parents and students with important contact information.
- Encourage teachers to call or send a postcard to their students before the first day of class.
- Use the Internet effectively. Update your school’s website before a new school year begins.
- Host a “Meet the Teacher” afternoon before the first day of class so parents and students can find their classrooms and meet their teachers.
- Host a first day of school breakfast for parents of kindergarten students or parents of students new to your campus. Discuss the importance of a partnership between the parents and the school.
- Make sure that your communication with parents is free of educational jargon. If your campus has a large bilingual or ELL population, provide communication in the home language when possible.