Family and Community Engagement

November 2018

Engagement Practices

This month we will take a closer look at Principle #3: Empower Every Family from the book Engage Every Family by Dr. Steven Constantino. Principle #3 recognizes families as essential members of the learning team; their participation is welcomed, valued, and encouraged by the school. The school understands that families are important and influential resources because they know their children best.
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Principle #3: Empower Every Family

3.1- The school makes a conscious effort to educate families to play a proactive role in the school life of their child(ren) throughout their school career.

  • Provide families with information that allows them to ask better questions. (Instead of "What did you do at school today?") If we change the questions families ask, we have immediately empowered them to have a role in the education of their children. Check out the Parent-Student Reflection Questions below.
  • Send home things that are interactive in nature, meaning they require a conversation between the student and the parent.
  • Communicate what is coming, not what has passed.
  • Link communication to learning - Provide families an activity that can be done at home or provide information that families can ask their children to reinforce learning.

Questions for reflection:

  • How often do you provide families information about their child's academic progress?
  • How do you encourage family involvement with creating enhanced home learning environments and activities?
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Upcoming Parent Events

Please invite your families to attend an upcoming Parent University event. We invite you to attend with a colleague, family member and friends as well!

If you are interested in leading a Parent University session, please let us know. We are always looking for more ideas for information classes for our families and school community.

Question. Persuade. Refer.

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 6-7:30pm

5310 West Layton Avenue

Greenfield, WI

Three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. The signs of crisis are all around us. Quality education on the topic empowers all families, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. This program is open to anyone who is interested. There are no pre-qualifications.

Presented by the School District of Greenfield and the Greenfield Health Department